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Old 07-30-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: California
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Leg lengthening isn't a new fad however. The technique or procedure is known as the Ilizarov, named after the Russian physician who pioneered it. It's not mainly used for leg lengthening, and it's a lifesaver for people suffering from leg deformities. For example, it's very useful for a host of orthopedic concerns pertaining to joint or bone deformities, uneven leg lengths, etc... I once took care of a teenage patient whose leg was in the Ilizarov for months, she could tell you it was not fun.

I agree that putting oneself as risk for infection by undergoing an unnecessary procedure like this, just to grow a couple of inches, is going too far.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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Getting breast reconstruction because of cancer or or some other terrible problem is fine in my book - it just bothers me when women think they look bad just because their breasts are small and they might be beautiful but in this society the emphasis is on big breasts for some reason -
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: California
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There are plenty of legitimate reasons for undergoing plastic surgery or other risky procedures such as this, but I can't understand why anyone would risk it if they didn't have a significant deformity.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:39 PM
 
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Getting breast reconstruction because of cancer or or some other terrible problem is fine in my book - it just bothers me when women think they look bad just because their breasts are small and they might be beautiful but in this society the emphasis is on big breasts for some reason -
Well to some women, it might seem like a "deformity". I mean look how having kids can *deflate* some womens breasts. Here they may have had "normal" breast tissue and size, then after kids, they are saggy and flat. I can see why someone would want to change that especially when they are young women.

But this seems more "extreme" to me... A couple of inches??? get some stilettos......
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I thought this was originally a medical procedure for people who had dwarfism and needed the extra couple of inches for their organs to operate properly. I had no idea someone would go through all this for some retarded vanity reason. Geeze!!!
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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I thought this was originally a medical procedure for people who had dwarfism and needed the extra couple of inches for their organs to operate properly. I had no idea someone would go through all this for some retarded vanity reason. Geeze!!!
actually that *is* why the procedure was originally done. For people in accidents, or deformed legs, but in Russia, they have decided it was something they could do as a plastic surgery.....

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Old 06-02-2018, 10:52 AM
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Location: Central IL
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actually that *is* why the procedure was originally done. For people in accidents, or deformed legs, but in Russia, they have decided it was something they could do as a plastic surgery.....
Exactly - my ex husband had to have this done to both legs back in the '90's. They had been (surgically) broken because he has had lifelong issues due to a rare form of rickets that had left them twisted and of unequal length. He spent 6 months for each leg - a very painful process that is prone to infection due to the multiple wires penetrating to the bone that must be cleaned several times a day. This not something to be done lightly.

So, this is not a new procedure - it was even shown in the movie "Gattaca" with Ethan Hawke and Jude Law back in 1997.
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Old 06-02-2018, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I've heard of this surgery.... I'd like to gain a few inches, but this is even too extreme for me
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Let's see...how tall do I need to be to have a BMI of 20???
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:45 PM
 
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There is nothing new in leg lengthening. When Elizarov first came up with his apparatus, his primary source of income was making legs longer.
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