If you're searching the web in hopes of finding a way to grow taller, you're not alone. All over the world, people are living with the dissatisfaction of having short stature. A person with normal or average height will never understand what it's like to be shorter than everyone else. It can be difficult when co-workers, friends, and family make jokes. It can also be hard to see others find love, and success in their careers, all the while wondering if your height has anything to do with it.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet about how a person can grow taller. The truth is that leg lengthening surgery is the only way to grow noticeably taller. In fact, leg-lengthening using the PRECICE/ STRYDE method could add up 6 inches to your height, with two separate procedures. That could make a world of difference to a person's confidence and life. So, now to one of the most asked questions by people thinking about the surgery. Does leg-lengthening leave scars? Here's everything you need to know about scaring after surgery.
Does Leg Lengthening Leave Scars?
The short answer, yes! Even though the leg-lengthening procedure is minimally invasive, patients can expect to have some level of scarring. The surgery itself has been around for a long time, and over the last couple of decades, it has seen a rise in demand. The increased interest in growing taller has resulted in several innovations in the industry.
Now the procedure is much more efficient. Not only can patients get more height out of their surgeries, but they can expect a lot less scarring after recovery. Let's take a look at the basics of leg lengthening surgery, to understand better what scars will be left behind.
The Leg Lengthening Process
Once you and your orthopedic surgeon have decided which leg bones (tibia, femur, or both) will be operated on, you will undergo the procedure. You will be given a general anesthetic to ensure you sleep through the surgery without any pain.
Next, your doctor will make a small incision in front of the knee or by the hip. This will allow him or her to cut through the bone. After the bone is cut into two sections, an adjustable nail will be inserted and then locked into place with locking screws. Once the incisions are closed up, the bones will be precisely, slowly, separated over the course of several weeks to several months depending on your growth plan. Scarring should be expected in the area of each incision. Anytime the skin is cut a scar should be expected.
Do the Scars Go Away?
As with any surgery, some level of scarring is possible. Some people heal very well, and their scars quickly fade. Others may need more time. As with all wounds, leg-lengthening incisions will fade and soften over time.
Another thing to consider about scars is that this area of health and beauty has also come a long way over the last ten years. Not only have surgeons learned better techniques for wound closing, but we now have creams, patches, and ointments that help reduce the appearance of scars. Your orthopedist has several tricks up his sleeve to help minimize scarring after your operation.
Your Battles Scars
In the end, it is important to remember that your scars are a physical representation of the journey you have been through. This operation is the first step in gaining more confidence. It will dramatically change your life. In a way, the scars left behind after leg lengthening are your own personal battle scars. Even as the scars begin to fade, the memories will remain, and you will know that you put yourself first. You took back control of your life and decided to make it better.
If you are interested in learning more about increasing your height, contact us today. We can answer all your questions, and we can show you before and after photos of patients, including their scars.