Most people aren’t even aware that pitch lowering surgery even exists. The truth of the matter is, pitch lowering surgery (also referred to as “Thyroplasty”) is real and happens every day.
Pitch lowering surgery alters the size and/or shape of the vocal cords. This in turn changes the pitch of your voice. Most candidates for this type of surgery have sustained damage to their vocal cords or the nerves surrounding them, or were born with voice problems. However, there are people with extremely high pitched voices that have the surgery simply because they want to make their voice sound deeper.
Here is a little more information about pitch lowering surgery:
Before the procedure you will fill out a form that helps assess your risks, and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the doctor will perform an evaluation of your voice box bot visually, and audibly.
Risks of Surgery
As with most surgeries, there are many risks. Aside from inflammation and infection or severe scaring, loss of vocal range is possible. The voice pitch may also not change to it’s desired level.
Most thyroplasty procedures are performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. After you have been anethsitized, insicions are made in your neck. A strip of cartilage is removed from the sides of your voice box, and new edges are sutured together.
After the surgery your voice will likely be deeper immediately, however there will be swelling that will alter the pitch (usually very low). The actual pitch may not set in for two to three months after the swelling has gone down.
Is pitch lowering surgery right for you?
If you have consulted your physician and have tried voice training and nothing seems to be working, then pitch lowering surgery may be a viable option. However, it really should be a last resort. Not only are there risks involved, it is also quite costly.
I found that training my voice worked extremely well. It didn’t happen overnight, but with plenty of practice I was able to sustain a deeper pitch that is finally there every time I speak.
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