Pitch Altering Surgery: A Hit Among China’s Most Affluent

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In our relentless pursuit of perfection, the Chinese developed a new way to improve a person’s less-than-appealing voice. The Pitch Altering Surgery is the latest cosmetic enhancement sweeping across the nation. Such surgery allows one to alter his or her voice. A patient has the choice to make his or her voice feminine or masculine, making the otherwise risky procedure popular among those who had sex-change operations as well as those with congenital pitch problems or met accidents that affected their speaking voice.

How Does Pitch Altering Procedure Work?

A doctor will analyze the patient’s condition and will request a thorough health examination before the procedure. Once the symptoms are defined, the doctor will discuss the risks of taking pitch alteration surgery. If the procedure pushes through, the patient is wheeled into the operation room and will be sedated throughout the operation.

A portion of the voice box is trimmed and the vocal cords are injected with Botox to stiffen it and make the sound produced by the voice box much deeper and huskier. The voice box is attached to the thyroid cartilage, a horse shoe-shaped organ in the throat.

This procedure may help recover and even improve the speaking voice of patients who came across singing injuries, vocal cord traumas, or those with a pronounced decline of aesthetic appeal of a timbre in their speaking voice.

Pitch altering procedure may also help treat those with extreme strain on their voice, particularly singers, speakers, etc. Men who are unhappy with the tone or timbre of their voice can also achieve deeper, more masculine speaking voice through this procedure.

The Risks of Voice Altering Surgery

Difficulty in Speaking, Voice Loss

Just like most types of major procedures, altering the voice box to achieve appealing speaking or singing voice does have risks. In some cases, patients were unable to achieve the kind of voice they expected or they have difficulty speaking. In unsuccessful operations, patients are unable to speak at all. There were also cases wherein patients’ vocal range becomes limited.

Temporary Results

The effects of Botox does wear off so patients have to get the shots every now and then to preserve their new voice.


Another major risk to consider before opting for this surgery is pneumococcal infections. In some cases, the vocal cords become vulnerable to infections. Some patients complain of mild infections, causing swelling and redness to full-blown prolonged infections. Mild infections can be treated with antibiotics. On extreme cases of infection, the patient will have to go under the knife again to remove the infected part of the vocal cords.

 Rough, Raspy Voice

In some cases, the vocal cords may heal with an asymmetric tension, leading to rough, raspy voice that’s pronounced throughout the vocal range or at certain pitches. Asymmetric tension in the vocal cords can be corrected but it will take several visits to the doctor to tighten the loose vocal cords to their ideal shape using laser treatments. In severe cases, the patient will have to take revision surgery to correct the position of the vocal cords.