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Extreme Procedure Makes Man ‘Grow’ Taller

February 25, 2012 by staff 

Extreme Procedure Makes Man ‘Grow’ Taller, A New York man who goes by the name Apotheosis underwent two costly surgeries to “grow” six inches. (Courtesy Apotheosis) At five foot, six inches, Apotheosis was shorter than the average American male and very unhappy about it.

So he did something other men who feel short might consider unthinkable: he opted for costly, painful surgeries to make himself “grow” a total of six inches.

“I realized that the world looked at me a certain way that I didn’t look at myself in that certain way,” said the 37-year-old New Yorker, who goes by the pseudonym “Apotheosis” in online forums and asked that “20/20″ not use his real name. “I wanted the way I felt about myself and the way the world felt about me to be similar.”

Apotheosis is one of a “growing” number of men pursuing limb-lengthening procedures for cosmetic reasons.

Dr. Dror Paley, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon at the Paley Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., performed 650 leg-lengthening surgeries last year.

Most of Paley’s patients have severe deformities or dwarfism, but he also sees cosmetic patients.

“The majority who come for cosmetic limb lengthening have what we call, height dysphoria. They’re unhappy with their height,” said Paley, adding that therapy has little effect on changing a patient’s views. “It’s one of the few psychologic-psychiatric disorders that you can actually cure with the knife.”

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