Workers at Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta are paying $ 75,000 to be taller, a surgeon told GQ.
The Las Vegas surgeon can stretch patients’ legs through a painful months-long process.
He breaks the thigh bones and inserts nails that are stretched every day for three months.
A Las Vegas cosmetic surgeon who specializes in leg stretch procedures that can increase people’s height by 3 to 6 inches told GQ magazine that many of his patients are tech workers.
Kevin Debiparshad founded the LimbplastX Institute in 2016, and the clinic’s business exploded during the pandemic, he told GQ.
Here’s how it works: The doctor breaks patients’ femurs or thigh bones and inserts metal nails into them that can be adjusted. The nails are stretched a little bit every day for three months with a magnetic remote control, GQ reported.
It can take months for the bones to slowly stretch and for the legs to heal. A software engineer told GQ that he spent the first three months after the surgery alone in his apartment and ordered food delivery 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 are wealthy, but they vary by profession: GQ reported dealing with CEOs, actors and financial employees. And a bevy of high-income tech workers – mostly men but some women – came to him for the procedure.
“I’m joking that I could open a tech company,” Debiparshad told GQ. “I have like 20 software engineers doing this right now that I’m here in Vegas. There was a girl yesterday from PayPal. I have patients from Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft. I’ve had more patients from Microsoft.”
The surgeon said he does not recommend the procedure to athletes as it may reduce their abilities, and many of the patients GQ spoke with said they did not tell people they had the procedure performed.
The stigma around plastic surgery for men has started to fade in recent years. Cosmetic procedures performed on men increased 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 achieve their physical goals in recent years.
The Washington Post reported in January 2020 that men were turning to Botox, fillers, laser treatments, and techniques intended to stimulate collagen in an effort to move forward in their careers.
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