Tracheal shaving, also known as tracheal reduction or tracheal chondroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing a portion of the thyroid cartilage, which is the largest piece of cartilage in the neck, to reduce the appearance of an Adam’s apple.
The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and involves making a small incision in the skin of the neck to access the thyroid cartilage. The surgeon then carefully removes a portion of the cartilage, reshaping it to create a flatter, more feminine contour. The incision is then closed with sutures, and a dressing is applied to protect the area while it heals.
Tracheal shaving is often sought by transgender women who feel that their prominent Adam’s apple is a source of gender dysphoria, or discomfort with their assigned gender. However, the procedure can also be performed for cosmetic reasons by cisgender individuals who are unhappy with the size or shape of their Adam’s apple.
It’s important to note that tracheal shaving is a surgical procedure and, like all surgeries, carries some risks. These can include bleeding, infection, scarring, and changes in voice quality. Patients should discuss these risks and their goals for the procedure with a qualified surgeon to determine whether tracheal shaving is right for them.
Overall, tracheal shaving can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of an Adam’s apple and help individuals feel more comfortable with their gender identity or appearance.