Self-conscious tech workers are reportedly taking extreme measures to add a few inches to their height by paying six-figures for painful leg-lengthening operations.
Kevin Debiprashad, head of the Nevada-based LimboplastX Institute, said workers in the tech sector comprise a significant portion of his patients undergoing cosmetic surgical procedures.
The operation reportedly costs $70,000 to $150,000, depending on how many inches the patient wants to “grow,” as well as thousands of dollars more in follow-up costs, GQ reported.
“I joke that I might open a tech company,” Debiparshad told GQ, “I got, like, 20 software engineers doing this process right now in Vegas. There was a girl yesterday from PayPal. I’ve got patients from Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft. I’ve got many patients from Microsoft.”
Leg lengthening requires a painful procedure in which a doctor breaks the femur and inserts expandable metal nails into each leg of the patient. Over the next three months, the nails are gradually increased by one millimeter a day – eventually making the patient several inches longer in recovery.
As GQ reports, the surgery also involves a lengthy recovery process that involves “relentless” pain that radiates down the nerves, muscles and tissues of the legs to an “almost excruciating degree.”
A 23-year-old, Chicago-based software engineer named Alan, a client, said he underwent the procedure after developing deep insecurities about his height. A girl he “had a super big crush on, like, redeemed me for it.”
Allen spent three months recovering from the procedure and went from 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9.
Another patient, a New York options trader named Brian, also indicated that he had surgery to improve his romantic life.
“At times I will be rejected,” Brian told the outlet. “I was, like, swing 100 and, like, [connecting with] four or five. ,
The standard operation adds about three inches of height, but patients can add up to six inches if they are willing to have similar surgical nails in their tibia. Cash-strapped customers are allowed to cover the cost in installments.
Despite its painful physical and financial implications, Debiparshad said there is no dearth of patients in his clinic.
The number of patients has effectively doubled since remote work emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Harvard-educated surgeon said. The debiparshad claimed that 50 patients visit his office every month.
The roster of patients is not limited to the technical sector alone. Debiparshad told GQ that he has demonstrated the process to CEOs, actors, physicians, a nurse, a YouTube star and even a news anchor.
Patients are often, but not always, wealthy and share a desire to feel better about themselves.
“Many patients see it as an investment in themselves, and not necessarily romantically,” Debipershad said. “Tough is such an important part, I think that being able to change who you are and how you see the world and how the world sees you is so impressive.”