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Vocal atrophy is a vocal disorder where the normal tropism of vocal cords is reduced. Because of it, during the phonation the vocal folds show a gap (vocal cords present bowing and they do not have a perfect contact during the closing phase of glottis), with a resulting dysphonia.Many laryngologists treat this disorder using autogenous fat (or collagen) injection of vocal folds, or type I thyroplasty with silicone implantation . This condition is treated at our Voice Beauty Center with an innovative technique consisting in a medializationlaryngoplasty with transposition of the strap muscle. Strap muscles are muscles lying anteriorly to the thyroid cartilage in the neck. The transposition of this muscle inside the thyroid cartilage and laterally to the vocal cord can push the atrophic fold medially and then close the phonatory gap, with a long-term improvement of the voice quality. The vocal ligament is totally respected and preserved.Until now the Voice Beauty Center has treated more than2000 cases of vocal atrophy with or without sulcus vocalis.Around 85% of patients were satisfied with their voice quality results after surgery. The time needed to complete the procedure under local anesthesia is around 90 minutes. Admission is not needed.