Tracheal Shave (aka Adam’s Apple Reduction) – Before and After Photos

This patient underwent a tracheal shave (aka Adam’s apple reduction, thyroid cartilage reduction, or chondrolaryngoplasty) as part of facial feminization surgery.

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Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) Before and After Photographs

These before and after photographs of a tracheal shave demonstrate the effect that can be obtained with Adam’s apple reduction as part of neck feminization.

Women generally have a less prominent Adam’s apple (thyroid cartilage). This patient had a relatively small prominence of the thyroid cartilage, but reduction was an important part of her surgical plan.

This procedure can be performed through a variety of incision locations. The incision used for this particular patient was placed at the junction between the area under the chin and the neck. The incision is small and is barely visible after complete healing. This usually only takes a few weeks before the incision is barely noticeable.

Dr. Mittermiller’s approach to a tracheal shave is to minimize the visibility of the thyroid cartilage while not affecting the voice. In rare cases, a tracheal shave can result in hoarseness or deepening of the voice. This is one reason to see a surgeon who performs this procedure routinely.

These before after photos of a tracheal shave (Adam’s apple reduction before after) allow people to see what type of results can be obtained from this procedure. Every person’s nose and goals are different, so it is important to discuss your specific situation and expectations with your surgeon.

Dr. Mittermiller is a specialty trained plastic surgeon who primarily operates in the Los Angeles area. He is passionate about craniofacial surgery, gender-affirming surgery, and rhinoplasty.

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