Height-challenged men are trying different treatments and methods to make themselves taller.
Some have tried growth pills and shoe inserts just to appear higher than women or other men but one doctor revealed that more and more are resorting to surgery to extend their limbs.
In 2019, 30 men traveled to The LimbPlastX Institute in Las Vegas to lengthen their limbs. The surgery will add six inches to your height but the cost can be over $75,000.
Dr. Kevin Debiparshad said to The Mirror that the number of men who want to add inches to their height is increasing.
“Over 90 percent of my patients, including those who have consulted with me, are male. Most on average are about 5’6 seeking a height increase of 3 inches,” he expressed.
“The desire to appear taller, particularly for men, has always been a hot topic in modern day society and social norms.
“While that is certainly a driver in the popularity to increase their height, reasons for cosmetic limb-lengthening vary, ranging from a boost in self-confidence to improved physical capabilities – all of which change lives.”
The 1.5-hour surgery involves making an incision into the leg bones before inserting a stretching device.
“We cut the leg bones – either femur (upper leg bone) or tibia (lower leg bone) – and insert a device that slowly stretches them out which makes you taller permanently,” the doctor continued.
“As far as the procedure goes, it’s an x-ray based surgery where I make 4-6 tiny small incisions into the leg (either thigh bone or lower leg bone) creating a window, to gain access to the hollow part of the bone, where I insert a device that responds to an external remote control that the patient will control at home.
“Once the device is set, I place screws at the top and bottom of the device to lock into position. This is done on each leg.
“Post-surgery, the external remote control is used by the patient to non-invasively increase their height by 1mm per day at the touch of a button, slowly stretching the legs to increase their height.”
He said that the surgery is painless. “Some risk does exist; however, the most innovative and advanced techniques available today greatly reduce patient complications.
“Risk of infection or transfusion, similar to any other type of surgical procedure, and specific to this surgery, the bone may heal too quickly, not fast enough or you could experience muscle tightening.
“Additionally, you could lose some athletic ability to get to that end stage. You can run and go to the gym, but you might not be able to sprint 100 meters in nine seconds with your newfound stature.”
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