Software engineers from big tech firms like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Meta are paying at least ,000 to get 3 inches taller, a leg-lengthening surgeon says

Software engineers from big tech firms like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Meta are paying at least $75,000 to get 3 inches taller, a leg-lengthening surgeon says

3D diagram of the femur bones in the leg

3D medical illustration of the femur bones in the leg.Getty

  • Workers from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta are paying $75,000 to be taller, a surgeon told GQ.

  • A Las Vegas surgeon can lengthen patients’ legs through a painful months-long process.

  • He breaks the thigh bones and puts in nails that are stretched every day for three months.

A cosmetic surgeon in Las Vegas who specializes in leg lengthening procedures that can extend 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 boomed during the pandemic, he told GQ.

Here’s how it works: The doctor breaks the patients’ femurs, or buttock bones, and inserts metal nails that can be adjusted. The nails are lengthened a little every day for three months with a magnetic remote control, GQ reported.

It can take months for the bones to slowly lengthen and the legs to heal. One software engineer told GQ that he spent the first three months after his 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 that he treated CEOs, activists and financial employees. And scores of high-earning high-tech workers – mostly men but some women – have flocked to him for the procedure.

“I joke that I could open a tech company,” Debiparshad told GQ. “​​​​I got, like, 20 software engineers doing this procedure right now that are here in Vegas. There was a girl yesterday from PayPal. I have patients from Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft. I have multiple patients from Microsoft.”

The surgeon said he did not recommend the procedure to athletes because it could reduce their performance, and many of the patients GQ spoke to said they did not tell people they had the procedure.

The stigma around plastic surgery for men has started to fall away 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 collagen-stimulating techniques in an effort to advance their careers.

Are you a tech worker who has undergone leg lengthening surgery? Contact the author from a non-working email at kcanales@insider.com

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