So you got the tummy tuck, the brow lift, and the lipo. You look 20 years younger. Then you open your mouth and sound like a wizened old fogy. What to do? Get a voice lift!
Yes friends, it's the latest in plastic surgery.
It used to be just for people who had voice-robbing injuries or disabilities but then the surgeons started noticing that it not only restored the voice, but made it sound youthful again.
Dr. Robert Thayer Sataloff is the chairman of the otolaryngology department at Graduate Hospital in Pennsylvania and he performs these operations all the time.
He says that vocal chords show their age just like the rest of the body. As we age, our voices get thinner, raspier, they tremble and wobble.
In some cases, the vocal chords only need to be exercised. But a lifetime of talking, yelling and singing can make them coarse.
There are two surgical remedies. Implants can be inserted through an incision in the neck to bring the chords closer together. Or, you can get substances like collagen or fat injected to plump up the chords and make them youthful again.
However, you never know what you'll sound like when you wake up. Since you're under anesthesia at the time of the operation, there's no way to fine tune the voice.
So who is this operation right for? Dr. Sataloff recommends it for people at the end of their singing careers, politicians, and teachers who need to talk a lot and project their voice.
But, as with any operation, there are risks. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon before getting anything done.