For many people who have undergone male to female transformations, one of the most important parts of the change has nothing to do with the way they look, or the genital organs that they have. Instead, it has to do with the sound of their voices. If you think about it, your voice makes it easy for other people to identify you, as the voice tends to be unique. Every person seems to have a different vocal sound. However, if you are changing from a biological man to the female as whom you identify, you probably don’t want to keep that booming bass voice. After all, it’s pretty easy to distinguish between a man and a woman’s voice, and you don’t want that to be a jarring part of your transition for others.
A man’s voice box differs from a woman’s in a number of ways. First, men tend to have thicker and longer vocal cords with less tension than those in a woman’s throat. If you consider the strings on a cello as opposed to those on a violin — the lower notes come from thicker and heavier strings. If you adjust the strings, the pitch tends to fall or rise. As part of male to female transformations, one of the most common suggestions is transgender voice surgery.
So how does transgender voice surgery work? For people going through male to female transformations, the most common choice is crico-thyroid approximation, or CCA. This is an outpatient procedure that pulls and joins two pieces of cartilage, in order to stretch the vocal cords. It’s also possible to scar a part of the vocal cords to tighten them and elevate the pitch, using a laser, or to cut the cords to make them shorter. A more invasive operation that has worked for many male to female transformations involves cutting the vocal cords and also removing some of the thyroid cartilage to make the cords tighter and shorter.
Transgender voice surgery will leave a scar on the neck, but its small size keep it from being noticeable. It is common for patients to feel soreness and experience hoarseness during recovery. Even if the purpose is to feminize the voice, the patient should expect to have a lower sounding voice during recovery. The temporary scarring and swelling are similar in their effects on the vocal cords to a bad cold or a case of laryngitis. This is why patients are generally told to give their voices a rest for a couple weeks after the surgery.
For people wanting thorough male to female transformations, transgender voice surgery is a life-altering operation. Patients are surprised at how closely people connected their sexual identity to their voice. The procedure can create an entirely different voice that does not sound much like the original. For people who depend on their voices vocationally, this is definitely something to consider before the surgery.
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