- Employees at Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Meta are paying more than $75,000 to be taller, a surgeon told GQ.
- The Las Vegas-based surgeon can lengthen patients’ legs through a painful, months-long process.
- He breaks the thigh bones and inserts nails that go on every day for three months.
A Las Vegas cosmetic surgeon specializes in leg-lengthening procedures that can increase people’s height by three to six inches, according to a new GQ profile.
And many of his patients are technicians.
Kevin Debiparshad founded the LimbplastX Institute in 2016 and the clinic’s business boomed during the pandemic, he told GQ.
Here’s how it works: The doctor breaks the femurs or thighbones of the patients and inserts metal nails into them that can be adjusted. Nails are lengthened a little each day for three months with a magnetic remote control, GQ reported.
It can take months for the bones to slowly lengthen and then for the legs to heal. A software engineer told GQ he spent the first three months after his surgery alone in his apartment and ordered food to be delivered during that time to go from five-foot-six to five-nine.
The procedure costs from $70,000 to $150,000, depending on whether the patient wants to grow three, four, five, or six inches per GQ.
The common denominator of Debiparshad’s clientele is that they are wealthy, but they vary by profession: GQ reports that it has dealt with CEOs, actors and finance workers. And a slew of tech workers – mostly men but also women – came to see him for the procedure.
“I joke that I could open a tech company,” Debiparshad told GQ. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft. I had several Microsoft patients.”
The surgeon said he doesn’t recommend the procedure for athletes because it may diminish their ability, and many patients GQ spoke to said they don’t tell people they’ve had the procedure.
The stigma around plastic surgery for men has started to fade in recent years. Cosmetic procedures performed on men increased by 325% between 1997 and 2015, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
And in Silicon Valley in particular, plastic surgery has become a way for male tech workers to reach a peak of “personal optimization” in recent years.
The Washington Post reported in January 2020 that men are turning to Botox, fillers, laser treatments and collagen-boosting techniques in a bid to advance in their careers.