Voice surgery

Voice surgery, or laryngeal chondroplasty, is a surgical procedure that changes the frequency (or pitch) of the voice in order to make it more feminine.

This procedure does not, however, allow for modification of the register, intensity, or resonance of the voice.

Expected and desired results:

  • A voice with a more feminine tone 6 to 12 months after surgery.

* Due to multiple factors that are unique to each individual, results may vary from one person to another. Be assured that our surgical team works with each patient individually to achieve the best results possible.

The surgical technique:

Our surgeons first make a small horizontal incision in the natural crease of the neck. They then increase the tension of the vocal cords through cricothyroid approximation, raising the voice’s frequency, passing from a masculine register (100 Hz to150 Hz) to a feminine register (200 Hz à 300 Hz). 

Limits of the surgical procedure:

You will have to wait 6 to 12 months after surgery before noting a change in tone. Success is not however guaranteed:

  • 1 in 5 patients say they are 100% satisfied
  • 3 in 5 patients say they notice changes
  • 1 in 5 patients say they have noticed no change
Combining speech therapy with surgery is essential to increase the chances of success. We recommend beginning your speech therapy at least 1 year before surgery. Please note that only techniques suggested by a speech therapist can help you achieve your feminization goals as a whole, such as attaining a more acute register and intensity as well as learning to express yourself (verbally and non-verbally) in a more feminine way.

Voice surgery can be performed at the same time as other procedures.  

The surgical procedure, your stay and convalescence
Average length of the procedure
Admission to the CMC
Convalescence at Asclépiade
Specific convalescence
Return to physical activities and sports
1 hour The day of the surgery General

None - Outpatient surgery

None Resting of the voice -  2 days without talking and 10 days whispering Immediately

Medical follow-ups and appointments: Asclépiade provides personalized postoperative follow-ups to all patients. You will be getting a follow-up appointment with your surgeon one month after your surgery. If you cannot come to your appointment, your attending physician can follow-up with our surgeons by contacting the Asclépiade.