Q: Hi Dr. I have a large adam’s apple that I want reduced…I am not a transgender, just a regular guy who doesn’t want a big adams apple sticking out, I get tired of people mentioning it too. I was wondering what the approximate cost would be for this procedure! Thanks!
A: A prominent adam’s apple, medically known as a thyroid cartilage or voice box, causes a protrusion in the very visible central part of one’s neck. its size and shape can be very effectively changed through a procedure known as a reduction thyrochondroplasty or adam’s apple reduction. Using a small (one inch) incision overlying the thyroid prominence, the u-shaped protruberance can be shaved down. There is a limit as to how far it can be reduced because of the vocal cords that lie on the inside of the voice box. Most patients will not get a completely flat side neck profile but it is safe to say it can usually be reduced 50% to 75% in profile which is a significant difference.
Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of people whom I have performed this procedure on in my Indianapolis plastic surgery practice are not transgender patients. Most are men who just want their neck bulge reduced. At one time the transgender patient may have made up the bulk of whom was requesting this procedure but not of recent times. More men are becoming increasingly sensitive to a large thyroid cartilage and want it reduced for cosmetic neck contouring purposes.
The typical overall cost estimate, all fees included, is in the range of $5,000 to $ 5,500. It is a one hour procedure that can be done under Iv sedation or general anesthesia.
Dr. Barry Eppley