Chondrolaryngoplasty is the shaving of the Adam’s Apple or thyroid cartilage to improve the appearance of the neck, particularly in transgender patients. A prominent Adam’s Apple can be an obvious sign to outsiders that a transitioning patient is a male. Some patients opt to have this procedure performed because of the prominence of their Adam’s Apple. This procedure is typically performed through a horizontal crease in the neck.
Do I need general or local anesthetic?
The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthetic. If it is being combined with another procedure a general anesthetic is administered. If it is the sole procedure, it can be safely performed in the office with a local anesthetic.
Is it dangerous?
The thyroid cartilage is near the vocal cords so there are risks associated with the surgery. However, conservative reduction can help significantly reduce these complications.
Will it change my voice?
There have been some reports of slight alteration in voice, however it is quite uncommon for one’s voice to be altered with this procedure.