Tips on How to Deepen Your Voice Permanently

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 23 February 2021

There are many stages to a full physical FTM transition. These changes include lifestyle alterations in order to achieve your desired results. If one of your main concerns is learning how to deepen your voice permanently, know that you’re not alone. It is estimated that 10% to 25% of trans men are unsatisfied with their natural voice.

There are several ways to deepen your voice permanently. If you’d like to take a more natural approach, there are exercises and practices that you can do on a regular basis. For those seeking a more direct approach with fast results, you can opt for testosterone treatments, vocal injections, or vocal surgeries. 

First, let’s look at the ways you can deepen your voice naturally.

Breathing exercise through an individual’s diaphragm

How to Deepen Your Voice Naturally

There are several ways to train your vocal cords to emit a naturally deeper tone. Even if you decide to go for testosterone treatments or voice deepening surgery, you should still practice these natural ways to deepen your voice. 

Here are five techniques on how to deepen your voice without testosterone treatments or shots, and without any form of surgery:

1. Evaluate and Record Your Current Pitch

The first step is to understand where your current pitch lies. To do this, record yourself by singing a verse of a song that you like. Do it in your most natural voice. Drink tea or warm water to relax and loosen up your vocal cords; when the vocal cords are relaxed, it produces a deeper sound. Keep this recording on your phone so you can track your progress as weeks and months pass. 

The pitch of your voice is based on how much your vocal cords vibrate. Do what you can to make sure that your vocal cords are vibrating at a lower frequency in order to create a deeper voice. 

2. Place Your Head Closer to Your Chin

This simple gesture has good effects when learning how to deepen your voice. As you practice your humming, tilt your head slightly closer to your chin. Your tone will naturally go lower. Repeat this process every day and you will notice the change in your tone. 

3. Use Your Diaphragm When Speaking

This is advice for those wanting to lower their voice into a deeper register. The diaphragm is located under the lungs and it is the muscle that allows you to breathe. Use your chest to deliver the sound out, instead of using your head. 

Doing this tip requires some patience, but you can do so by practicing diaphragm breathing. To start, lay on your back with one hand on your chest and the other on your abdominal area. Breathe in through your nose slowly and feel your hand rise on your stomach. The hand on your chest should remain still. Practice diaphragm breathing every day and it will help you in projecting your voice in a more masculine tone.

4. Improve Your Posture

While this tip sounds too easy, you might be surprised how a proper posture can contribute to the lowering of your voice. Hunching over limits the air passage, hence causing your voice to sound softer. Believe it or not, it has an anatomical explanation of why. 

When you hunch over, your back muscles increase tightness in the neck muscles, and it influences the function of the larynx and the vocal folds. Combined with the inability to breathe properly, it adds pressure, hence resulting in a pressed voice with a limited range. 

Practice improving your posture by making a point to always sit or stand straight even when doing simple tasks, such as driving, cooking, or sitting in front of your computer. 

5. Sign up for Speech Therapy Sessions

Seeking the help of a professional vocal coach or a speech-language pathologist can be ideal when learning how to deepen your voice. These sessions can be done privately or with a group. 

When looking for options on how to deepen your voice, FTM top surgery patients usually look for professional help to match their physical progress and transformation. With that said, a vocal coach or a speech pathologist can help in the step-by-step process and in making sure that the sessions include vocal exercises such as: 

  • Vocal flexibility
  • Quality
  • Range
  • Style
  • Resonance
  • Intensity
  • Non-verbal communication

Additionally, a study performed by Harvard University medical school stresses that a voice evaluation should occur before getting into non-natural methods of deepening the voice. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Counselling on expectations for voice transformation
  • Management from laryngology or speech and language therapy
  • Mitigation of voice problems 

Now that we’ve discussed the natural ways to deepen your voice, let’s look at the options that can give you fast, long-lasting results.

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How to Deepen Your Voice Permanently

While some think that it is possible to deepen the voice in a day or two, it actually takes months to develop a lower register. If you have done all the activities mentioned above and still feel unsatisfied with your progress, you can opt to have vocal surgery or get testosterone treatments. 

Here are some options:

1. Take Hormone Treatments

When searching how to deepen your voice permanently, testosterone treatments top the list. If you’re preparing for an FTM top surgery procedure, or have spent months on your transition, you might have already been recommended to take testosterone treatments by your doctor.

Aside from an increased development of masculine features, such as facial hair and muscles, taking testosterone helps in lowering your voice as it causes the folds in the larynx to grow thicker. 

2. Consider Relaxation Laryngoplast

There are three variations of this surgical procedure, which all begin with a small incision on the neck to access the thyroid cartilage and to decrease tension in the vocal folds to give a deeper voice. 

  • Resection of unilateral or bilateral vertical strips of cartilage, leading to a decreased tension in the vocal folds. 
  • A linear vertical incision on the two sides of the cartilage. Two margins are overlapped, causing decreased tension in the vocal folds. 
  • A bilateral incision of the thyroid cartilage is done. 

3. Consider Medialized Laryngoplasty

Considered a common FTM vocal surgery, this procedure aims to thicken the vocal cords with silicone rubber implants. This causes a deeper tone to develop, hence allowing you to produce a deeper, more masculine voice. 

This is a procedure that will require an overnight stay. The choice of implants relies on the surgeon, as they know what kind suits each individual. Factors such as collagen allergies, or allergies to injection materials need to be considered. 

4. Vocal Folds Injections or Injection Augmentation

This is a minimally invasive type of procedure that aims to thicken the vocal folds through an injection. Your surgeon will inject a hyaluronic acid filler, collagen, or autologous fat tissue directly into your vocal folds. 

This is an affordable procedure that carries low risks. However, the fillers resorb over time, and the results are not fully predictable. 

Before going through with any of these methods for deepening your voice, make sure you consult your surgeon first as the results are deemed long-term. There are many solutions and procedures that go with an FTM transformation, and seeking professional advice about these changes is always advisable.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry. Know that your counsellors and doctors are here to guide you through. 

Permanent Vocal Solutions for Your FTM Transition

Dr. Hugh A. McLean runs a private practice in Mississauga and is one of the leading surgeons specializing in FTM procedures for trans and non-binary patients. With more than 25 years of successful experience, Dr. McLean has helped thousands of patients to live the life they deserve and truly want.

Contact his clinic today for a free consultation, and a member of his highly qualified staff will get back to you as soon as they can.

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