It's no secret that modern medicine works wonders. Today the possibilities of plastic surgery are unlimited. Doctors will help you get rid of wrinkles, change the shape of your nose, kill the extra body fat, change the shape of your eyes and even…make your voice sound younger. The so-called «vocal surgery» is gaining popularity in the United States and Europe.
Older adults tend to experience some muscle atrophy as they often do not speak as much and as dynamically when they’re in their 70s and 80s as they did in their 20s and 30s. Vocal cords wear out with age just like everything else in the body. They lose elasticity and weaken, which leads to the loss of sonority and lowers the tone of the voice. Phoniatrist can help to solve various problems related to voice box. But, unfortunately, at a certain age even the doctors are powerless. However, American Phoniatrists in collaboration with the plastic surgeons were able to find a way to deal with voice changes, primarily associated with endocrine, morphological, and neuromuscular changes in human body. Laryngoplasty – also known as a voice lift of voice augmentation — is a surgical procedure that combats age-related changes in the voice box by tightening the vocal cords.
This option is a relatively new one to the realm of cosmetic procedures. In fact, the term “voice lift” was first coined in a 2004 interview on the subject by the Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology at Drexel University of Medicine, Dr. Robert Thayer Sataloff — one of the leading doctors and researchers in the vocal rejuvenation sphere. There are several different procedures that can be used to strengthen weak or injured voices. The insertion of the implant or collagen filler through an incision in the neck or the insertion of fat. Both procedures recover the former features of vocal chords. Recovery usually takes days to weeks (depending on which procedure). Any operation can be associated with complications. Rarely the voice can be made worse. The most likely complication is that the voice improvement is not quite sufficient or that it does not hold up completely over time. When this problem occurs, it usually can be corrected easily by "fine tuning" through additional injections or surgical adjustment of the implants. However, most of the time, satisfactory results are achieved the first time.
Needless to say, "rejuvenation" of the voice is expensive. Despite the significant price this operation is in great demand among international stars and politicians.
Unfortunately, most celebrities don't admit having this procedure. But some sources say that the Russian opera diva Anna Netrebko had a voice lift done too.