Q1 : How will the post-op period be for me?
A1 : You may experience temporary pain with tightness over the incision site and some difficulty in swallowing and talking. Voice rest is necessary for about 1 week.
Q2 : Will my voice be totally lady-like?
A2 : You can expect your voice pitch to be higher. This surgery works best when coupled with speech training for you to sound naturally female.
Q3 : Will my scar show?
A3 : The incision is along a natural skin fold in the anterior neck, so it will become inconspicuous as it heals. If you have experienced forming keloids in the past, you must weigh the benefits of feminizing your voice against the risk of having an obvious neck scar.
Q4 : What are the risks of this surgery?
A4 : As with other surgeries, the risks include bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, delayed healing, nerve injury, and unfavorable scarring. Special surgical care is taken to avoid the risk of hoarseness.
Q5 : How do I prepare for surgery?
A5 : To avoid complications and reduce risk factors you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines (other than those that your doctor allows you continue), at least two weeks before your schedule. You must be free from upper respiratory illness.