Trachea shave, Adam’s apple reduction, TCR (thyroid cartilage reduction) and chondrolaryngoplasty are all names for the same procedure. You might even hear the term “trach” or trach shave used as verbal shorthand. When a tracheal shave is done as part of facial feminization, the goal is to give the neck and throat a more feminine appearance by reducing the prominence of the Adam’s apple.

The tracheal shave or Adam's apple shave is one of the most common procedures performed in facial feminization surgery treatment plans. The main aim of the procedure is to give neck and throat a more feminine appearance by shaving or reducing Adam's apple. In a nutshell, Tracheal Shaving is the removal of thyroid cartilage from the front of the larynx. Everyone has a small amount of cartilage to protect the vocal cords. During puberty, due to hormonal changes, this cartilage grows and forms a bump, which causes the voice to become deeper.

What does the Trachea Shave procedure involve?

We recommend this procedure be performed under general anesthesia, although some centers may offer a local anesthesia, outpatient option.

The Adam’s apple reduction is often done at the same time as other facial gender affirming surgical procedures (e.g. jaw reduction, forehead reduction, rhinoplasty, etc.). If this is the case, you will be put under general anesthesia for the tracheal shaving operation.

Recovery from Tracheal Shave Surgery:

  • For most patients, tracheal shave recovery is uneventful and relatively pain free.
  • Not surprisingly, there will be some redness, swelling and bruising near the incision site. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions to clean and care for the stitch.
  • You will probably have some difficulty swallowing after your surgery, so you might want to take that into account when planning meals beforehand.
  • Whether you are left with a noticeable scar from your tracheal shave depends on several things: Mainly the surgeon’s skill level, your biological tendency to form scar tissue, and how you care for the scar.
  • You can significantly reduce your risk of a trachea shave scar by choosing your specialist carefully and following all the post-op instructions you are given.

What is the cost of Tracheal Shave Surgery in Bangalore?

Cost shouldn’t be the primary criteria you use when choosing a surgeon for your tracheal shaving procedure. But we understand that price is decisive for many patients. Tracheal Shave Surgery cost in India starts from 1,00,000/- rupees.

Next steps after Tracheal Shave Surgery?

Different surgeons use different surgical approaches to facial feminization and Adam’s apple reduction. Before you commit to any specific procedure, we recommend that you carefully consider your healthcare options. An Adam’s apple reduction is most efficiently performed as part of a cluster of facial feminization procedures.

Discussing your final goals during a consultation with Dr. Kishore can help you to plan for the best result for your feminine transformation.