Facial Masculinization: A New Adam’s Apple
The Adam’s apple can be very prominent in men and is considered by many to be a very masculine characteristic. It is composed of thyroid cartilage. When a person would like to have a more pronounced Adam’s apple, we can perform a procedure known as thyroid cartilage augmentation.
Thyroid cartilage augmentation is performed for trans men as part of a Female-to-Male transition. It is particularly helpful for those who want a more masculine appearance after testosterone treatments.
Though most trans men are satisfied with the facial changes they have acquired through hormone therapy, some don’t achieve the level of masculinization that they desire. This can negatively affect their self-esteem and happiness. Facial-masculinization surgery gives them a permanent way to make their facial features more masculine.
What Can Take Place During Facial-Masculinization Surgery?
Facial-masculinization surgery can include the reshaping of many facial features:
• Forehead lengthening and augmentation
• Cheek augmentation
• Chin contouring
• Jaw contouring
• Adam’s apple enhancement
Most commonly, Adam’s apple augmentation is performed in combination with other facial-masculinization procedures to make the face and neck appear more masculine.
Ideal Candidates for Adam’s Apple Augmentation
Ideal candidates are people looking to achieve female-to-male facial gender confirmation. These patients must be in a relatively healthy physical and mental state.
How Does an Adam’s Apple Augmentation Procedure Happen?
The augmentation procedure starts with creating a natural implant. First, cartilage for the implant is harvested from the patient’s ribcage. This cartilage is then shaped to create the proper implant for the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Facial-masculinization surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is typically an outpatient surgery, depending on the exact combination of procedures being performed.
After the general anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Schnitt makes an incision in the throat area, under the chin. The vertical muscles of the throat are carefully separated to expose the existing Adam’s apple. The new implant is attached in the right position to increase the Adam’s apple’s size and projection.
After the tissues are placed back in their original position, stitches or staples are used to close the incision.
What Happens after an Adam’s Apple Augmentation Surgery?
After the surgery, you will need to follow Dr. Schnitt’s post-surgical care directions closely to experience ideal results. There is a degree of minimal localized swelling around the incision. Some mild discomfort with swallowing may be experienced in the first few days after surgery.
Stitches or staples are removed during a follow-up visit. You will typically be able to return to your normal daily activities in about one week after the procedure. A subtle line may be visible in the region within the first few months, but it fades over the next three months.
Learn More About Facial-Masculinization Surgery
Dr. Drew Schnitt, an experienced and well-respected board-certified plastic surgeon, is the ideal choice for your facial-masculinization surgery. It’s time to find out more about Adam’s apple augmentation – set up a consultation by contacting our office today for an appointment.