Are you having problems sounding the way you want? Do you wish you could sound more feminine but don’t know how or where to start?
Voice feminization refers to the voice change from male to female. There are different therapy treatments depending on your needs.
Our English-speaking specialist can help you determine your goals and create an individualized therapy plan, as well as show you how to prevent vocal damage as you change your voice.
Whatever your goals are, we can help you achieve effective voice feminization.
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What is the Vocalization Process Like?
Voice feminization is a process in which phonation is made to be naturally attributable to a woman.
Voice feminization surgery is a procedure that achieves vocal acuity, which is the fundamental defining characteristic of the female voice.
The procedure consists of shortening the length of the vocal cords by creating a scar in the anterior commissure of the larynx and tightening the cords with the help of the laser.
During the postoperative period, the patient is required to have absolute vocal rest for 10 days and then gradually resume normal activities with the help of a speech therapist. Voice feminization surgery achieves its goal in a large percentage of cases.
Voice feminizing therapy and surgery: the different steps
Step 1: Vocal examination
First of all, the vocal feminization process starts with some explorations, carried out to obtain a complete analysis of the voice.
Step 2: Preoperative speech therapy
During these sessions, you'll learn and practice techniques to feminize your voice. A keyboard or piano may be used to help you target pitches, and visual frequency tracing software can help measure progress in real time and for reassessment.
Therapy will also address:
- Voice quality
- Speech rate and phrasing
- Nonverbal communication, such as eye contact, use of hand gestures, facial expression, posture and head nodding
Step 3: Surgery
At Turó Park Clinics we currently feminize the voice by means of two techniques that look to increase pitch (fundamental frequency).
- Wendler’s glottoplasty: this technique involves connecting the anterior 1/3 of your vocal folds with sutures.
- LAVA (Laser-Assisted Voice Adjustment): this procedure involves using a microlaryngoscope and burning and vaporizing small portions of the vocal folds, so that as it heals and scars, it will develop stiffness, which will raise the fundamental frequency.
Once the surgery is performed, the patient must keep absolute vocal rest (no talking or whispering) for the first 10 days for optimal healing.
Step 4: Postoperative speech therapy
After surgery, you'll have follow-up visits with a speech-language pathologist to make the most of your surgery, protect your vocal health and learn to use your changed voice.
Step 5: Follow-up
Changes obtained are recorded periodically.
Your voice is part of your identity.
Our voice feminization specialist can help you get the voice you want.