What are the risk for tracheal shave surgery to reduce Adams apple?

I am a female about to do tracheal shave surgery to reduce Adams apple appearance and I was wondering is there any risks that can happens like weakening the area or neck supports? I know this may sound funny but I am just curious what risk can this hold. some doctor are not aware of this surgery in my area and they seem reluctant and not recommending me going after it and I am travelling to do it and I want to know.

Doctor Answers 7

Tracheal shave for reduction of adams apple

Thanks for you question.
Tracheal shave is usually a safe procedure in the right hands for the right indications.
Best wishes,
Dr sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

Tracheal shave (Adam's Apple Reduction) risks.

Tracheal shave has very minor risks in experienced hands. I have done this operation on hundreds of patients over 35 years without infection, bleeding, voice or airway problems. Some patients may get a slightly thicker scar but this is very uncommon in the neck in my experience.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Tracheal shave

The potential risks are significant (like for most surgeries) and include voice change and airway swelling.  But the practical risks for the average patient is quite small (like for most surgeries) and include a poorly healed scar and the possibility that not as much of the adam's apple is removed as you would like.  If you see an experienced surgeon who performs the procedure while directly observing the vocal cords your chance of dramatic adam's apple reduction without any complications is excellent.  

Bryan Rolfes, MD

Bryan Rolfes, MD
Minneapolis Otolaryngologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Risks with tracheal shave


Risks with tracheal shave are fairly low, but injury to the vocal chords or infection are a possibility. However, finding a surgeon that has performed this before will help lessen that possibility. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Blagg

Austin, TX

Ross Blagg, MD
Austin Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Laryngeal shave

The risks are small, but like in any surgery, it must be performed skillfully. One could interfere with vocal cord function or possibly damage a nearby nerve but if your surgeon is experienced this risk should be rare.

Robert H. Hunsaker, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Tracheal shave

Tracheal shad should be always done while observing directly the larynx and the vocal folds while removing the extra cartilage of the voice box. The patients stays in the hospital for observation overnight. The scar is hidden in a crease under the chin so it usually is not a problem

Vartan Mardirossian, MD
Jupiter Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Tracheal shave, Adam's apple reduction

The risks for tracheal shave include
1: scar
2: swelling
3: difficulty swallowing, due to swelling
4: Changes in voice.
5: difficulty breathing

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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