VOICE FEMINIZATION SURGERY FOR A HIGH-PITCHED

The aim of the voice feminization is to pass, through surgery plus postoperative speech therapy, a low tone, perceived as stereotypically masculine, to a more high tone, perceived as stereotypically feminine.

Voice Feminization Surgery. Two surgical procedures

The people who request voice feminization are transgender women who want to soften and sharpen their voice, get a more high vocal tone, or women who have a very low voice or suffer a hormonal disorder by excess of androgens.

VOICE FEMINIZATION: THE RESULTS IN THREE MONTHS

The results are obtained at three months, with the help of Postoperative Speech Therapy.

After having tried different surgical techniques for voice feminization, currently the treatment with better results is Wendler’s Glotoplasty, with personal modifications. In this technique, a union is made by means of two sutures in the anterior third of the vocal cords. In addition, the upper layer of both vocal cords is laser vaporized to decrease mass and glottic tension. Also, sutures are secured with biological glue.

Once the surgery is performed, where the anatomy of the larynx has been changed, an absolute vocal rest is needed 15 days after the intervention. Voice therapy after surgery is essential for voice recovery. The speech therapist is vital in this stage; he will help change their vocal gesture, intonation, resonance and voice modulation. This way, the patient will achieve a more lasting and less strained voice. The optimal results are obtained approximately three months after the surgery, following the corresponding speech therapy sessions.

The intention in the process of voice feminization is, naturally, without having to think in each phonation, that the voice has a sharper, more stereotypically feminine tone.