A small, but tell-tale trait that distinguishes a male from a female is the laryngeal prominence in the throat, commonly known as the “Adam’s apple.” While some women may naturally develop a noticeable Adam’s apple, it is typically considered a male trait and can help transgender women look and feel more feminine. The Adam’s apple is simply extra cartilage that develops over the larynx (voice box) during puberty and creates a visible lump in the profile of the neck. An Adam’s apple reduction or tracheal shave at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City carefully removes thin layers of cartilage without affecting the voice box. The reduced cartilage can cause the pitch of the voice to change, usually to a higher, more feminine range. The amount of cartilage that can be safely removed varies in each patient, but after the tracheal shave surgery by cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin, patients usually see a visible reduction in their Adam’s apple and a smoother neck profile.
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"MY DRIVE WAS WORTH MY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE - Dr Nuveen made was the best choice in Dr.'s and i drove 4.5 hours to see him and would gladly do it again. I couldnt be happier with my results and i am only 6 days post-op! Positive Comments I am 100% happy with my results and with my overall treatment. I cannot say enough about my breast lift with augmentation results as well as the compassionate care i received. General Comments I would never go any where else for any cosmetic surgery!"- Anonymous / UCompareHealthcare / Apr 19, 2017
"On 4-25-17 I took one of the largest leaps of faith into Dr. Courtney Caplin's hands! I had a consultation for a Tummy tuck a few months back and absolutely fell in love with how professional, caring and concerned she was about my comfort in choosing her for my procedure. Which meant so much to me as well. I decided to pay my deposit and set my date! 1 week before my surgery I got "cold feet and emailed Dr. Caplin my concerns. Right after the office closed she called me from her personal cell phone and discussed all my fears with me for about 30 minutes! I didn't even think doctors still did that! I was so much more confident and set on her being my doctor for tummy tuck and Lipo. When I arrived everyone was so friendly and hyped me up for the changes I desperately dreamed of! From prepping me, to waking me up, the office team was amazing friendly and kind. I'm now 4 days out from my surgery and couldn't be more pleased. Dr. Caplin has kept in touch with me to make sure I've been comfortable and everything has turned out like I imagined. Of course I have a road of recovery ahead but I have the confidence I need to get through it from picking the best doctor I could have for my journey! I highly recommend her for her knowledge in her field and for the love she has for what she does!"- J.M. / Google / Apr 17, 2017
"Dr Nuveen and Staff are absolutely amazing!!! I had a breast lift with augmentation. I did all of my consultation online so when i first met him i was very nervous. Dr Nuveen walked in with a smile and calmed my fears in a matter of seconds. I was very self conscious of my body and he made me feel beautiful in the most respectful manner. I am currently 6 days out and feel great about my results. I have no doubt he is the best surgeon and will gladly drive 4.5 hours again for any future cosmetic procedures. I cannot brag about his staff enough! I emailed them several times pre-op with fears and many questions i had and always had a same day response. I am very excited for my final results! Thank you so very much DR. Nuveen and staff I am so very blessed to been under your care! As a Nurse i have never met such a kind DR who loves what he does and truly cares for his patients the way you do! Don't trust my words??? Well let the future photos speak for themselves!"- A.M. / Google / Apr 10, 2017
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To perform a chondrolaryngoplasty, the plastic surgeon makes a small horizontal incision above the larynx and pulls back the neck muscles to reveal the thyroid cartilage. The surgeon will carefully shave thin layers of the cartilage until the projection is significantly reduced. The plastic surgeon will only remove as much cartilage as possible without injuring the vocal chords, so some patients may still have a slight protrusion, but the neck will be smoother after the procedure. Once the plastic surgeon has removed the cartilage, the neck muscles and skin will be stitched back together and cleaned before the surgical area is covered with bandages.
The tracheal shave is usually performed as an outpatient surgery with the patient under local or general anesthesia. The patient will be able to leave after the procedure to recover at home and will return for follow-up appointments at the plastic surgeon’s office. Patients should expect some bruising and swelling in their neck as well as mild pain and discomfort. Patients are advised to rest their voice as much as possible for at least three weeks after their surgery. Scar management therapy will be discussed by the plastic surgeon to help patients minimize their surgical scar during their recovery.
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Tracheal Shave FAQs@headingTag>
By removing layers of cartilage from the larynx, most patients will notice a change in their voice after tracheal shave surgery. The vocal register generally becomes higher and more feminine, but this will vary in each patient. If the patient wants more change, they can ask their doctor about voice surgery.
With good care during the healing process, the patient should have a minimal scar from their tracheal shave that is flat and blends into the normal skin. Patients can ask their plastic surgeon about scar care management tips and techniques, including creams and treatments that can be used to help the scar heal quickly and be less visible.
Why an Adam's apple?@headingTag>
While it’s scientific name is laryngeal prominence, most people refer to the lump of cartilage over the vocal chords as the Adam’s apple. This popular name comes from the story of Adam and Eve in the first book of The Bible, where Adam and Eve eat the forbidden apple from the Tree of Knowledge and the apple got stuck in Adam’s throat, causing all men to develop an Adam’s apple.