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Plastic Surgery Case Study – Tracheal Shave of the Male Neck

Background: Reduction of a prominent thyroid cartilage is technically known as a chondrothyroplasty. It is better known as a tracheal shave and it gets its name because the prominence is indeed shaved down with a scalpel. This is possible because the thyroid prominence is cartilage which only gets much harder later in life. The tracheal Read More…

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 gender Read More…

Technical Strategies – Submental Approach for Tracheal Shave

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 layers 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 and 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 which 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 women. Read More…

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