A Specialist In Trachea Reduction

A trachea shave can be an effective and long-lasting solution for those who possess a large Adam’s apple. The surgeons at The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, are double-board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in a tracheal shave technique that removes as much cartilage as possible while keeping the vocal cords safe. A trachea shave can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures. 

What Happens During The Procedure?

The surgery generally takes less than one hour and is performed in an operating room. A small incision is placed in an upper crease of the neck or in a wrinkle in the skin. Incision placement is chosen to hide scarring as much as possible. Using a tiny video camera, your surgeon locates the vocal cords and marks the location on the neck. 

They then expose the thyroid cartilage and remove all of the prominent cartilage and its borders above the vocal cord marking. The incision is then closed and cleaned, and a small bandage is placed over the incision following surgery. A “Scarless” tracheal shave can sometimes be performed. Here, the incision is made inside the mouth, and a special camera is used to remove the undesirable cartilage of the Adam’s apple.

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Recovery After Trachea Reduction

During the first 24-48 hours after the tracheal shave surgery, it is common to experience some minimal bruising and swelling, as well as a mild sore throat. However, discomfort is typically minor, and patients should not experience significant pain. Mild voice hoarseness or weakness may occur in the first few days after surgery but should not be long-term. The Spiegel Center method for tracheal shave has been published and shown to be the safest method for maximum removal of cartilage while protecting the voice.

Patients are encouraged to rest their voices and apply ice to the treated area for the first couple of days following surgery. The incision area may be red and somewhat thickened for the first few weeks, but this should improve with time. Tightness and some irregularity when you feel around the neck are common and simply take time to settle. Once the swelling and bruising have dissipated, patients can enjoy their new, smooth neckline!

Experience And Reputation Matter

The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, is known the world over for excellence in feminization surgeries. Practice founder, Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, has innovated many surgical feminization techniques that are commonly used today, and has chosen a team of expert surgeons who have comparable experience and credentialing. We're here to make your aesthetic dreams come true with professional, best-in-class service and care. To schedule a consultation about reducing your trachea, contact us today.

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