Voice Change Surgery
The medical term for voice change surgery is Laryngoplasty, a term that refers to procedures that are designed to transform the voice box (larynx) as a way to change or improve the voice.
WHAT IS VOICE CHANGE SURGERY?
In case of Feminization Laryngoplasty where the goal is to raise the comfortable speaking pitch, the male voice box is made smaller and the vocal cords shorter. To give you an idea of the results of voice change surgery you can view “before and after” videos below. You can view more voice change surgery videos and listen to audios here.
At Yanhee International Hospital, voice change surgery is performed to help transsexual and transgendered people or anyone have the voice that they feel would fit their gender, whether they identify as male, female, or somewhere in between.
Risks of Surgery
Just like any surgical procedure, there are always risks involved. Risks of voice change surgery include:
- Bleeding is possible
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Sub-optimal result consisting of a weak voice is possible
Your voice will usually be quite tight or effortful after the surgery and will possibly become worse for a few days to a week then swelling starts to subside.
Discomfort will last for a few days and include difficulty with swallowing and a feeling like you’ve got a sore throat.
Complete voice rest is very helpful for one week after the surgery. All kinds of verbal conversation must be avoided for one week, including whispering.
Just remember, there are very few sutures in there and until your body’s own scar tissue helps support the procedure, the sutures could pull out.
Non-active work can be resumed in a few days. Speaking may begin increasingly after a week. You may resume aerobic activity after two weeks. Weight lifting should be deferred for a month.
Learn more about voice change surgery at Dr. Ornouma’s website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: How will the post-op period be for me?
Answer : You may experience temporary pain with tightness over the incision site and some difficulty in swallowing and talking. Voice rest is necessary for about 1 week.
Q2: Will my voice be totally lady-like?
Answer : You can expect your voice pitch to be higher. This surgery works best when coupled with speech training for you to sound naturally female.
Q3: Will my scar show?
Answer : The incision is along a natural skin fold in the anterior neck, so it will become inconspicuous as it heals. If you have experienced forming keloids in the past, you must weigh the benefits of feminizing your voice against the risk of having an obvious neck scar.
Q4: What are the risks of this surgery?
Answer: As with other surgeries, the risks include bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, delayed healing, nerve injury, and unfavorable scarring. Special surgical care is taken to avoid the risk of hoarseness.
Q5: How do I prepare for surgery?
Answer: To avoid complications and reduce risk factors you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines (other than those that your doctor allows you continue), at least two weeks before your schedule. You must be free from upper respiratory illness.
PRICE AND PACKAGES
Take the first step and contact us through our no-cost virtual consultation. During this process, we will recommend options that will work best for you. Every client is different, so our virtual consultants and surgeons tailor the procedure to match each person’s needs.