The goal of Plastic Surgery in Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery / Tracheal Shave is to soften the appearance of the thyroid cartilage which gives a normal aesthetic female neck. Remember Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery will not change you or solve any life crises, but should boost your self-confidence and enjoyment of life. The normal female neck has a well defined jawline above with gentle soft curves to the clavicles (collar bones) below. A thin neck will reveal more of the underlying muscular anatomy, thyroid cartilage and external jugular veins. Prominence of the thyroid cartilage is a key marker of maleness and thus is out of balance in the female neck.
Q: What is Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery?
Improving the Aesthetic appearance of the neck by reducing the prominence or reshaping the Thyroid Cartilage is the goal of Plastic Surgery. The optimum result is a natural female appearance of the neck without any visible scarring.
Q: Am I the ideal patient for Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery?
The ideal patients for Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery are people with a large prominent Thyroid cartilage which is out of proportion to the neck in a patient who is self conscious of this appearance. You should be fully informed of the benefits and risks of this surgery and be realistic about what can be achieved by surgery.
Q: Does Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
Thyroid Cartliage Reduction Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case procedure.
Q: How long is the procedure?
Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery normally takes approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.
Q: What about the scars following Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery?
The incision is placed in the natural crease under the chin and is therefore relatively inconspicuous. This incision heals well in 7 to 10 days.
Q: Will a special garment be required after Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery?
Following Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery, a facial support garment is fitted at the end of surgery to help control swelling and reduce movement post operatively. This should be worn day and night for the first week.
Q: Can Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery be performed at the same time as other procedures?
Yes, Thyroid Cartilage Reduction is commonly performed together with Rhinoplasty or other face surgery such as Facelift, Browlift, Cheek Augmentation as well as Breast Surgery, Augmentation or Liposuction. What is appropriate and safe for you to combine will depend on your Medical Health, your goals and the individual procedures.
Q: What reassurance do I have with Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery?
At LBPS, we understand that your decision to have Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires, and assess your neck accurately, before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. If for any reason you are unsuitable for Thyroid Cartilage Reduction Surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during and after your surgery.
Q: How long is the recovery time?
A: Moderate pain / discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 1 week, but avoid strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks including any contact sports.