Trachea Shave

A trachea shave is one of the most common surgical procedures for FFS patients in Mexico.

Common names for a trachea shave include: Adams Apple Reduction, Tracheal Shave, Thyroid Cartilage Reduction (TCR), and Chondrolaryngoplasty.

Rings of cartilage surround the windpipe in the throat and neck. For males, the thyroid cartilage tends to project forward in a more pronounced point than in a female. This point is sometimes called the “Adam’s apple” or laryngeal prominence.

This procedure allows for transgender patients to hide even the smallest possible details of what is defined as being a man because the Adam’s Apple is a clear sign of a dominant male.

Trachea Shave Defined

TRACHEA SHAVE – The thyroid cartilage is surgically altered to reduce the size and noticeability of the laryngeal prominence. This can be completed at the same time as voice surgery.

Procedure for Trachea Shave

During a trachea shave in Mexico the surgeon makes a horizontal incision in a crease of skin on the throat. Then the vertical muscles in the throat are separated to expose the cartilage. Then the surgeon shaves off the most prominent part of the notch and the top of the V.

The surgery is done through a small incision that coincides with a crease or fold of the neck to conceal the resulting scar. The surgeon cuts and shaves the excess cartilage and smoothens out the surface to prevent the skin to reveal any irregularities.

Recovery Stages

There should be minimal discomfort following this procedure. It is common to have a sore throat and some pain when swallowing for several days after the procedure is performed. Sedentary work can be resumed within a few days. Strenuous activity may be resumed after two weeks.

The plastic surgeon in Mexico will instruct you to apply a cold compress to the neck for twenty-four hours to reduce the chances of side effects. Occasional hoarseness may occur, but it clears up immediately as the swelling subsides.

For two weeks after the surgery, you should avoid straining your voice; such as shouting, singing, and screaming.

A piece of gauze will cover the incision for the first 2 or 3 days after. For 7 to 10 days you will notice a burning sensation and some difficulties when swallowing or talking.

Risks and Side Effects

Every surgery, no matter how simple it may be, warrants risks, and should not be taken lightly. However, it is very unlikely for an Adam’s apple reduction to present any complications when performed by a qualified Facial Feminization surgeon in Mexico.

Risk may include: Adverse reactions to anesthesia, Infections (they are very unusual if you take the prescribed antibiotics), Hypertrophic scar due to patient’s characteristics, Temporary reduction in the ability to reach high frequencies when singing, Damage to surrounding areas like the vocal folds or the laryngeal nerve.

Benefits of Trachea Shave in Mexico

The Adam’s Apple is a clear sign of a male, and in a simple surgical procedure executed in Mexico the thyroid cartilage can be reduced by shaving down the cartilage through an incision in the throat.

Trachea shave in Mexico allows for sex change Mexico patients to hide even the tiniest details of what is defined as being a man.


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