THYROID CONDROPLASTY. ADAM’S APPLE REDUCTION
WHAT IS ADAM’S APPLE?
Adam’s apple, is a prominence that produces the anterior border of the thyroid cartilage that helps protect the walls, the front of the larynx, and the vocal cords (which are located directly behind it); is considered a secondary sexual character of the male sex.
Another function of the laryngeal protuberance is related to the deepening of the voice. During adolescence, the thyroid cartilage grows in conjunction with the larynx. Consequently, the laryngeal protuberance increases in size mainly in men. As a whole, a larger resonance box is formed in the speech apparatus, and as a result, a tone of voice deepening obtained.
WHAT IS THE TIROID CONDROPLASTY OR ADAM’S APPLE REDUCCTION?
Reduction of Adam’s apple is a very simple surgery, but it must be performed by an expert surgeon, since an excessive reduction can weaken the structure of the larynx or “voice box”, and permanently alter the quality of the voice.
The technique consists of using a minimal incision, taking advantage of the crease or wrinkle that is in the middle of the neck so that the resulting scar is practically imperceptible, reduce by surgical milling the anterior border of the thyroid cartilage. Surgical intervention is performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation, in a day hospital regime (the patient leaves the hospital the same day of the operation). The duration is about 30-40 minutes and the aesthetic result is immediate.
As for the recovery, during the first 24 – 48 hours you can experience some discomfort and inflammation, for this the surgeon will administer the corresponding medication. There will be a continuous stitch that will be removed 10 days after surgery.
WHO REQUESTS ADAM’S APPLE REDUCTION?
The profile of the people who usually ask for the reduction of the Adam’s apple are men with exaggerated development of the thyroid cartilage; although this surgery is one of the most requested by women suffering from gender dysphoria.
The Adam’s apple reduction can be done in conjunction with surgery to increase vocal tone (Feminization of the voice).