A person should look the way he feels. There are surgeons like Dr. Parag Telang, who work to help people who have undergone gender transformation in finding the voice that is uniquely theirs. The process also needs laryngologist and voice and speech therapists to fine-tune the voice so that people with gender transformation can be who they wish to be.
Voice feminization is the procedure where the voice of a person is changed to a high pitched tone. It is best for people having a hormonal abnormality, androgenital syndrome, and androphobia. Male and females have anatomical variations. Men have low pitch voice and large Adam’s apple than women. Voice Feminization surgery is usually performed in gender identity disorder.
The surgery is performed on the patients whose voice is perceived as of males despite trying hard to alter the pitch using training and speech therapy. A patient who is planning or has undergone transgender surgeries is also an ideal candidate for the surgery if he wishes to change his voice sound to make it more feminine.
Voice feminization surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. A tiny incision is made over Adam’s apple, which is parallel to the skin crease to ensure no visible scarring. After the incision, a part of Adam’s apple and voice box is removed. In a few cases, a metal plate is placed over the voice box to hold the surgical repairs allowing them to heal properly.
The patient usually is discharged on the same day. There may be a little swelling that can last for up to three days. Patients are advised to keep their essential things at an easy distance and have voice rest for a week after the surgery. After the recovery, a new feminine voice can be heard after six weeks. Speech therapy is recommended for optimum results.
There are no complications as such, but there might be a rough voice, foreign body sensation, pain in the neck, cough, and sputum. But all this is temporary and resolves on its own with proper medication and rest. The most important thing to note to prevent the complications is that patients must always get voice feminization surgery by an experienced professional.
There have been advancements in voice feminization surgery. Now the surgery can be performed by an endoscopic approach. Based on the length, tension, and mass of the vocal fold, the procedure can be classified as one-factor, two-factors, and three-factors. With the new advancements, the procedure has become less painful and more convenient for the patients.
Complications can happen with any type of surgery, but when the surgeon you are picking is experienced, you can reduce the chances of complications. Dr. Parag Telang is one of the best plastic surgeons who has successfully performed many procedures. The ENT surgeon in his team is very experienced in voice feminization surgery and has performed many successful surgeries. Dr Parag understands what his patients need and works very hard to give them the desired results. His compassion and honesty towards patients make him one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons.
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