A 26-year-old man who had the procedure to increase his height from 5'7" to 5'10"explains what it was like.
Limb lengthening procedures have commonly been used to correct deformities, but Dr. Mahboubian claims “the main reason now is for cosmetic reasons.” After the surgery, patients often have to recover using a wheelchair and undergo months of physiotherapy to help muscles adapt.
An increasing number of height-challenged men are turning to limb-lengthening surgery -- an expensive, potentially painful, months-long procedure that will add a few extra inches to their frame.
"It is a method that works, is predictable and gives good results in the right hands ... The technology is getting better and better.” Twenty years ago, leg lengthening was done with cumbersome external mechanisms. “Nowadays, the lengthening is done with very sleek internal devices. It makes the recovery much more comfortable and quicker".
The body has a natural ability to regenerate bone. For cosmetic height surgery, doctors break either your thigh bones or your shin bones, and insert a device that has the ability to lengthen. As the device slowly pulls the two bone segments apart, new bone forms in the space between them, and hardens.