Jakarta Workers or employees of technology giant companies are reported to have taken extreme measures to increase their height. He was willing to pay a high price for a painful leg lengthening surgery.
Kevin Debiparshad, head of the Nevada-based LimbplastX Institute, said workers from the technology sector make up the bulk of his patients for cosmetic surgery procedures.
The surgery reportedly costs US$70,000 to US$150,000, depending on how many lengths (inches) the patient requests, as well as thousands of dollars more in follow-up costs. This is the GQ report, quoted from the New York Post, Tuesday (20/9/2022).
“I estimate that there are at least 20 software engineers who perform this procedure. There was a girl yesterday from PayPal. I got patients from Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft. I have a lot of patients from Microsoft,” said Debiparshad.
The leg lengthening process requires a painful procedure, in which the doctor breaks the femur in each patient’s leg and inserts an extendable metal nail.
The spikes are gradually extended over the next three months by one millimeter a day, and then make the patient a few inches taller.
According to the GQ report, the recovery process from leg lengthening surgery will also be lengthy, including “relentless” pain stretching the nerves, muscles and tissues of the leg to “almost excruciating” levels.
One patient, identified as a 23-year-old Chicago-based software engineer named Alan, said he underwent the procedure after feeling insecure about his height.
A girl he had a crush on had a big tall build. Alan spent three months recovering from the leg lengthening procedure and his height increased from 5-6 feet to 5-9 feet.
Another patient, a New York-based trader named Bryan, also indicated that he underwent surgery to improve his romantic life.
Standard surgery adds about three inches in height, but patients can add up to six inches if they are willing to have a surgical nail of the same height implanted in their shin.
Interestingly, customers who are short of cash are allowed to cover costs in installments.
Despite the exhausting physical and financial effects, Debiparshad claims his clinic is never short of patients.
The Harvard-educated surgeon said the number of patients had effectively doubled since remote work emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic. Debiparshad said his clinic is always visited by up to 50 patients per month.
The patient list is not limited to the technology sector. Debiparshad told GQ that he has performed the procedure on CEOs, actors, doctors, nurses, YouTube stars and even news anchors.
The patients who come are not always rich. They just want to feel better about themselves.
“Many patients see it as an investment in themselves, and not necessarily triggered by romance,” says Debiparshad.
“Stature is a very important part, I think, of who you are and how you view the world. How the world views you. Being able to change that is very impactful,” he concluded.