Man borrowed $75,000 for leg-lengthening surgery to make him 3 inches taller, report says

Man borrowed $75,000 for leg-lengthening surgery to make him 3 inches taller, report says
Man borrowed $75,000 for leg-lengthening surgery to make him 3 inches taller, report says
The LimbplastX Institute charges between $70,000 and $150,000 to make patients up to six inches taller.Getty Images
  • A man who borrowed $75,000 for an operation faces monthly payments of $1,200 for the next five years.

  • John Lovedale told GQ that “the world seems to bend” for taller men.

  • He decided to take out a loan to pay for leg lengthening surgery to make him 3 inches taller.

A man who borrowed $75,000 for leg-lengthening surgery that made him grow 3 inches taller will spend $1,200 a month on repayments for the next five years, GQ magazine has reported.

John Lovedale, in his mid-40s, has explained why he underwent the painful months-long operation. “I’ve noticed that taller people seem to have it easier. The world seems to bow for them,” he said.

He decided to take the opportunity to become 3 inches taller when he heard about the procedure. Prior to that, he was around 5ft 8.5in, slightly shorter than the average height of 5ft 9in.

Lovedale took out a loan from online bank SoFi to pay for the surgery, which costs between $70,000 and $150,000, depending on whether the patient wants to grow 3, 4, 5 or 6 inches, GQ reported.

The network engineer will now spend $1,200 on reimbursements for the next five years, but has no regrets, the magazine reported. “People look at you differently when you’re older. I get a lot more looks at the gym already,” Lovedale said.

He first heard about the leg lengthening procedure performed by Kevin Debiparshad on Facebook.

Debiparshad is one of the few surgeons in North America to perform cosmetic leg lengthening. He founded LimbplastX Institute near Las Vegas in 2016, and the clinic’s business has boomed during the pandemic, Debiparshad told GQ.

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Cosmetic leg lengthening was originally intended to help patients with real conditions, but it is now becoming a more common cosmetic surgery.

The procedure itself seems atrocious. The doctor breaks the patient’s femurs or thigh bones and inserts adjustable metal nails into them. GQ reports that the nails are lengthened slightly every day for three months with a magnetic remote control.

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It can take months for the bones to slowly lengthen and for the legs to heal. Debiparshad told GQ: “You have to have mental discipline. It’s like training for the marathon.”

The doctor revealed that many of his patients are technicians from big companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Meta.

Despite the stigma that surrounds cosmetic surgery, it seems to be becoming more and more common among men. The Washington Post reported in January 2020 that men are turning to all kinds of cosmetic procedures in an effort to advance in their careers.

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