The Development Of Adam’s Apple

Have you noticed a lump in the middle of your throat growing during puberty? This is known as your Adam's apple, and if you want to feel it, you can take three fingers put it on your middle of your throat and start to talk. When you feel something moving up and down and a little bit of vibrations, you've located your voice box, which is protected by growing cartilage, which forms your Adam's apple. This is more prominent in boys usually, but girls can experience it too.


The cartilage actually grows during puberty when the hormones get released in your body and start to trigger changes of growth. Sometimes it triggers the change of growth in the cartilage in your throat that protect your vocal cords and your voice box. This can form an Adam's apple, and it's totally normal. It's all part of the normal process of puberty, and it's there really to protect your vocal cords.

Adam’s Apple Reduction

Adam’s apple reduction, also called a tracheal shave or thyroid chondroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves shaving down the thyroid cartilage in the throat to make the shape appear more feminine. A small horizontal incision is made in one of the folds of the skin, and usually results in very minimal scarring. Some patients choose to undergo vocal surgery at the same time, often as part of a series of gender reassignment surgeries.


Adam's apple reduction is a surgery that we get several inquiries about because both cysts and transgender males and females have common complaints of having a little bit of a prominence that they see both in the mirror and in pictures and in videos at the Adam's apple or the thyroid knowledge. The surgery is also called a tracheal shave by some people but it's not actually the trachea that is responsible for that prominence.

This is a great surgery with great impact on the contour of the entire neck and face. The recovery time from the surgeries around two weeks. The procedure itself takes around one to two hours and you go home the same day. There's no real limitations on your diet. Most patients are back to their normal activities within a day or two.