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Facial Feminization Tracheal Shave

A pronounced Adam's apple, like a prominent forehead, is one of the most obvious and well-recognized indicators of male gender. A tracheal shave procedure reduces the size of this cartilage so you can have a smooth, feminine neck and eliminate the "tell" of an Adam's apple.

To learn more about the tracheal shave procedure and whether you are a candidate, please call Bay Area Feminization Surgery at 650-249-3169 to schedule a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck.

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Facial Feminization Surgery San Francisco | Tracheal Shave

Adam's Apple Reduction Procedure

In an Adam's apple removal procedure, the goal is to reduce the thyroid cartilage creating the Adam's apple – not actually to remove the whole cartilage. Both men and women have an Adam's apple, but generally the protrusion is larger on a male because of the effect of testosterone during adolescence.

During a tracheal shave procedure, Dr. Beck creates a small incision beneath your chin or right above the Adam's apple. Through the incision, the bulge of thyroid cartilage is shaved down to create a smoother, feminine surface. This procedure often requires a relatively short amount of time in the operating room, but it is also a delicate procedure that requires the skill of an experienced and qualified surgeon.

Facial Feminization Surgery San Francisco | Tracheal Shave

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Tracheal Shave

Because parts of the vocal cords are located below this cartilage, care and precision are absolutely necessary in this procedure. Removing too much cartilage can negatively impact the vocal cords and cause your voice to be distorted. For this reason, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon who performs tracheal shave procedures regularly and to ask about his or her past patient results.

Although the procedure is sometime referred to as "Adam's apple removal," it is imperative for the cartilage to be conserved, and the tissue removed to be just enough to create the desired feminine throat appearance. Tracheal shaves are sometimes combined with liposuction to create a smooth throat and reduce excess fatty deposits in the area.

A tracheal shave produces permanent feminization of the throat. After the procedure, the area will be swollen and you may feel some discomfort, especially when swallowing, which will dissipate in the first few days after surgery. You may have to take several days to two weeks off from exercise and certain physical activities, after which time you should be mostly healed.

To find out more about our San Mateo tracheal shave procedures to reduce the Adam's apple, please contact Bay Area Feminization Surgery to schedule a consultation.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Bay Area & Beck Aesthetic Surgery Patients,

During this time, we would like to ensure your safety and take the necessary precautions, so we are continuing to offer patients virtual consultations via Skype. Patients will be given top priority for surgery dates. Our patient care coordinator will provide surgical quotes and stay in touch with patients as we all navigate this challenging situation in regards to COVID-19.

To accommodate the safety of our staff and patients, our CA and NC office staff will be working remotely to continue any scheduling of appointments, surgeries, on-line store and answer any questions or concerns.

We will also have staff monitoring the Live Chat option on our website to keep in touch with you.

For any patients who have already undergone a surgical or non-surgical procedure recently, our offices will provide follow-up video appointments to ensure your recovery is on track.

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