Being of short stature may have an effect on your self-confidence and self-esteem. The average height for men is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches. The average for women is approximately 5 feet, 4 inches. Life may be difficult for many who are under the average height.
Height enhancement surgery was introduced in the 1950s. The procedure was primarily used to treat dwarfism and bone anomalies. As the techniques and equipment of the procedure evolved and improved, more and more people who suffered from bone deformities were being helped. Their limbs that were once crooked or not aligned properly were being straightened and they were able to lead more productive lives.
Since this procedure lead to such dramatic improvement for those with abnormalities - it became available to people who wanted to become taller. It is now a cosmetic surgery as well as one for bone deformities and abnormalities.
The surgery can add up to six inches to your height. These inches can make a big difference to how you view yourself and how others view you.
Effects of being short statured - men and women
Grade school and high school can be especially hard for people who are short. Name calling and being made fun of can have long-term effects on a person. It can make kids withdraw or even act out. The stigma of being short doesn't end at high school graduation - it can follow into adulthood. For both men and women, being short can create or increase problems with self-esteem and confidence.
Men. Being short statured is sometimes hard - both socially and professionally. You may feel that your short stature keeps you from dating taller people. The ideal man is usually thought of as "tall, dark and handsome." You may feel you are being passed over for promotions and salary increases. Short stature can limit your self-confidence and keep you shy and withdrawn. Nicknames put upon you as a child may further reduce self-esteem as you grow into adulthood.
Women. Women with short stature are sometimes not taken seriously. You may feel like you are treated like a child because of your short stature. Your taller counterparts may receive advancement in the work place because their appearance portrays more self-confidence.
How your height can be enhanced
You don't have to continue being short. With height enhancement surgery, you can gain up to six inches. Six inches added to your current height can make a big difference in your appearance.
How to prepare for height enhancement surgery
It is important to understand the procedure of height enhancement surgery, so you can be prepared and ready. Educate yourself. Get as much information as you can about the procedure. Most importantly - make sure you choose a qualified orthopedic specialist who is experienced with this type of surgery.
Consultation. The first step is to consult with your orthopedic surgeon. He or she will discuss the process and determine if you are a candidate for the surgery. If you are in good general health you will likely be cleared for successful limb lengthening surgery.
You will be advised on diet and exercise leading up to your surgery. It is important to be in the best physical and mental state as possible before you enter the hospital for your surgery.
The procedure. Limb lengthening surgery is done by making small cuts in one or more bones of the leg. An internal device is then placed that will gradually pull the bones apart, creating a space.
Daily adjusting of the device is how the bone continues to be pulled apart, (approximately 1 mm per day) creating additional bone length. The space fills in with new tissue, nerves, blood supply and bone. This is how you will gain inches to your height.
Hospital stay. The procedure will take place in a hospital setting. The surgery itself takes one to three hours. Your hospital stay will be up to three days.
Recovery. What should you expect after surgery? You will be able to get out of bed and use a walker soon after your surgery. You will be given detailed instructions on how much weight to put on your legs. The amount of weight bearing is important - as it will actually increase the body's ability to regenerate new tissue and bone.
Physical therapy will be an important part of your recovery. You will work with a physical therapist in order to keep your muscles strengthened and get back on your feet so that you can enjoy your new height.
Making the decision to undergo surgery isn't one to take lightly. With the help of your medical care team, you will be prepared and ready when you enter the hospital. You may have wondered - all your life - what it would be like to be taller. This surgery can give you the additional height you have always wished for.