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Tracheal Shave

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Why is a tracheal shave done?

Tracheal shave is a cosmetic surgical procedure for transsexuals where the cartilage in the throat is contoured to a flatter level in order to give a feminine look.

How is a tracheal shave done?

  • A horizontal incision is made on the upper crease of the neck skin below the chin area.
  • The muscles are separated to expose the thyroid cartilage which is reduced by
    • carving it with a knife or
    • using a bone cutting instrument in case of calcified cartilage
  • All bleeding points are checked and stopped and the incision is sutured and bandaged
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