Unhappy with Your Height: Here’s How You Can Grow Taller
Yes - height matters! The only people who don’t think it does are people who are above average in height. The world looks differently to those who are above average in height. Short people are always looking up, and tall people are continually looking down on those shorter than them – both literally and figuratively.
The teasing for being short may start at a young age. Being short in stature may cause children to be made fun of and suffer bullying as early as elementary school. This type of abuse can continue on through high school and even into adulthood. Hurt feelings over a period of time can result in sadness and a feeling of hopelessness.
As a shorter-than-average adult, you may have felt left out of certain sporting activities. You may have been passed over for promotions and have had a difficult time dating since most women are taller than you. Being the brunt of short jokes can take the fun out of a social outing, and it can be embarrassing for a grown man to ask for help to get to something out of reach.
Many people who are short suffer from what is called height dysphoria. This is a term that refers to feeling anxious, unhappy, distressed and sad about their height. If you suffer from depression, or know someone who does, you know that it can take all of the joy out of life. In extreme cases depression may even lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.
Have you felt despair and sadness about being shorter than average? Unfortunately, you are not alone. Many short people, mostly men, have suffered with feelings of inadequacy their entire lives. If this sounds like you – don’t give up!
There Is No Magic Pill
When you look online for ways to grow taller, you will see many methods that promise to add inches to your height. From exercises, extra sleep and diet, there are various ways that are advertised and claim to help people grow taller.
One of the most popular claims is made by those selling human growth hormones, or HGH. HGH may be effective for youngsters who have not finished growing but not for adults.
Human growth hormones stimulate new bone to grow when the growth plates have not yet fused. HGH does work to stimulate new bone – but only while the growth plates are still open. Once the growth plates are closed, HGH will not add inches to your height. Regardless of the claims being made to increase your height, human growth hormones are not helpful for adults and will not help you grow taller.
There is something you can do to change your height permanently. You can grow taller with cosmetic leg lengthening surgery.
Cosmetic Limb Lengthening
Limb lengthening surgery was developed to treat individuals with limb deformities such as dwarfism and uneven limb lengths. With improvements to the procedure and more people understanding the benefits of limb lengthening surgery, it is now offered as a cosmetic procedure.
The only for-sure way for an adult to grow taller is to undergo this orthopedic procedure. It is called cosmetic height lengthening surgery. Cosmetic limb lengthening surgery is performed by an orthopedic specialist who has extensive training and expertise performing this type of surgery.
How the surgical procedure is performed
Limb lengthening surgery relies on the body’s own ability to regenerate itself as the process of the limb lengthening surgery is completed.
In a hospital setting, your surgeon will make surgical cuts in the bone or bones of the legs. The bones are very gradually pulled apart. As the space between the two parts of the bone increases, new tissue, nerves and blood vessels will grow. New bone will form.
Once you are home, you will recover over the next few weeks. You will begin your recovery with very little weight bearing, starting out slowly and gradually increasing over time until you are able to walk normally. Your doctor will advise you how much weight bearing you should do and when.
Over the course of several months, the bones in your legs can grow three to six inches. An amazing amount that will make you feel like a different person!
Having feelings of despair from being short is no way to live your life. If you have always felt left out due to your height, you can become the confident self that you have always wanted to be when you undergo cosmetic limb lengthening surgery. It is hard for anyone to fully understand the frustration of always coming in ‘short’ because of your height. Contact your trusted orthopedic specialist to see if you are a good candidate for this life-changing surgery.