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Plastic Surgery Case Study – The Male Tracheal Shave

  Background:  The development of the thyroid cartilages are affected by the level of testosterone and associated gender. This explains their prominence in the neck of men which women do not have. It also explains the deeper male voice due to the larger size of the voice box. This is one of the many structural Read More…

Case Study – Maximal Reduction in the Male Tracheal Shave

  Background:  The youthful neck in a male has few surface landmarks to make it distinguishable. Men will almost always have some laryngeal prominence which is gender specific as most females do not. This laryngeal  prominence is known as the Adam’s apple and it occurs in men because the hormonal influences make the angle of Read More…

Case Study – Tracheal Shave in Facial Feminization Surgery

  Background: A significant prominence in the center of the neck is that of the tracheal cartilages and it is an almost exclusive male feature. The tracheal cartilages become larger during development imen, like the deepening of the voice, due to hormone influences. While there are men, usually with thin necks, that desire tracheal reduction Read More…

Case Study – Transgender Tracheal Shave Based on Head Extension

  Background: The  prominence of the Adam’s apple (hyroid cartilage) in the neck is a distinct gender-associated feature. In males, just like the brow bones, it is more protrusive than females due to the growth influence of testosterone on its cartilaginous development. This is why in facial feminization surgery, particularly in the male to female Read More…

Technical Strategies – Submental Tracheal Reduction

  The reduction of a prominent Adam’s Apple is known as a tracheal shave. Done directly over the tracheal prominence through a small skin incision the V-shaped thyroid cartilage is reduced, as the name indicates, by shaving it down with a scalpel blade. Since the prominence is composed of cartilage it can be reduced in Read More…

Technical Strategies – Tracheal Shave by Burring Reduction

  A tracheal shave or Adam’s Apple reduction (technically a thyrochondroplasty) is a well known neck contouring procedure to reduce a thyroid cartilage prominence. While it is most commonly perceived to be a male to female transgender procedure, it is actually done just as commonly for men or women who have a prominent thyroid bulge Read More…

Case Study: Transgender Tracheal Shave

  Background: The bulge in the center of just about any neck is the result of the laryngeal prominences. These are two large plates of paired cartilages who have a primary function to provide protection of the very important vocal cords from injury The size or prominence of these cartilages is highly influenced by hormones Read More…

Tracheal Shave Neck Contouring

  The reduction of a prominent Adam’s Apple through a procedure known as a tracheal or laryngeal shave has been in the news lately. Former Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner has recently made headlines for purportedly undergoing the procedure and the tabloids have suggested that he may be in a transitional state to becoming a Read More…

Adam’s Apple Reduction (Tracheal Shave) in Men

  Recent internet postings report that Bruce Jenner is purportedly planning on reducing the size of his Adam’s Apple, an operation known as as tracheal shave. These reports also state that this neck operation is typically performed on patients in the initial stages of gender reassignment surgery. While I have no idea whether Bruce Jenner Read More…

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