- Workers from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta are paying $75,000 to be taller, a surgeon told GQ.
- The Las Vegas surgeon can lengthen patients’ legs via a painful months-long process.
- He breaks the thigh bones and inserts nails that are extended every day for three months.
A Las Vegas cosmetic surgeon who specializes in leg-lengthening procedures that can extend people’s height by 3 to 6 inches told GQ magazine that many of his patients are tech workers. Kevin Debiparshad founded LimbplastX Institute in 2016, and the clinic’s business has boomed during the pandemic, he told GQ.
Here’s how it works: The doctor breaks the patients’ femurs, or thigh bones, and inserts metal nails into them that can be adjusted. The nails are extended a tiny bit every day for three months with a magnetic remote control, GQ reported.
It can take months to slowly lengthen the bones and for the legs to heal. One software engineer told GQ he spent the first three months after his surgery alone in his apartment and ordered delivery food during that time to go from 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9. The procedure costs between $70,000 and $150,000, depending on whether the patient wants to grow 3, 4, 5, or 6 inches, GQ said.
The common denominator of Debiparshad’s client base is that they’re wealthy, but they vary by profession: GQ reported that he’d treated CEOs, actors, and finance employees. And a bevy of high-earning tech workers — mostly men but some women — have come to him for the procedure.
“I joke that I could open a tech company,” Debiparshad told GQ. “I got, like, 20 software engineers doing this procedure right now who are here in Vegas. There was a girl yesterday from PayPal. I’ve got patients from Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft. I’ve had multiple patients from Microsoft.”
The surgeon said he didn’t recommend the procedure for athletes since it could decrease their ability, and many of the patients GQ spoke to said they didn’t tell people they had the procedure done. The stigma around plastic surgery for men has begun to fall away in recent years. Cosmetic procedures performed on men went up 325% from 1997 to 2015, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
And within Silicon Valley, plastic surgery has increasingly become a way for male tech workers to reach their physical goals in recent years. The Washington Post reported in January 2020 that men were turning to Botox, fillers, laser treatments, and techniques meant to stimulate collagen in an effort to get ahead in their careers.nt to know.
By: Katie Canales
Critics by HSS
A limb length discrepancy, in which one arm or leg is shorter than the other, can make it challenging to walk or perform everyday tasks. A significant leg length discrepancy can also lead to other medical problems with the knees, hips or spine, such as functional scoliosis. Limb lengthening is a major advance in orthopedic surgery over recent decades that can equalize limb lengths and enhance people’s mobility.
Limb length discrepancy (also called anisomelia) is a condition where one arm or leg is shorter than the other. It can affect both children and adults. The lower limbs are more commonly affected than the upper extremities, and this is called leg length discrepancy or short-leg syndrome.
- Having legs of unequal length creates an imbalance in posture and gait (the manner in which a person walks) that places stress on the low back and hip. This, in turn, causes pain and joint degeneration, which can include premature osteoarthritis.
- Having arms of different lengths creates an asymmetry that can lead to back and shoulder pain.
Limb lengthening surgery is an orthopedic procedure to help people who have one arm or leg that is shorter than the other. It uses the body’s own capacity to regenerate new bone as well as the soft tissues, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves that surround and support it.
The process begins with an operation called an osteotomy, in which the orthopedic surgeon cuts the bone to be lengthened. The limb (usually the upper or lower leg) is then stabilized using one of several different external and/or internal fixation devices or frames.
Two phases of recovery follow. In the first, or distraction phase, the bone that has been cut is very gradually pulled apart, in a process that promotes distraction osteogenesis or new bone growth at the site of the osteotomy. Continued growth of new bone tissue is accomplished by distracting or spreading the gap typically four times a day, one quarter millimeter (¼ mm) with each adjustment, for a total of one millimeter (1 mm) a day.
s the space between the ends of the bone opens up, the body continues to produce new tissue in the gap until the desired length of bone has been generated. Additional strategies are available to correct any deformity that may be present, such as a misalignment of the bone resulting from trauma or a birth defect. Early on in this phase, patients walk with the aid of crutches in order to remain mobile.
During the second phase of treatment, the bone consolidates and heals. The patient gradually puts more weight on the affected limb, and starts walking without any assistance. The gradual process of lengthening can be accomplished with either an external fixator or an internal lengthening nail.
External fixation is a frame built on the outside of the limb connected to the bone via pins (rods), screws and wires. Adjustments to the external fixator can be used to gradually lengthen and straighten the short and malaligned limb.
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