Short Kings, Rise Up! The Internet Calls Popular Leg-Lengthening Surgery ‘Men’s BBL’
Thanks to a new cosmetic procedure, short kings can add a couple of inches to their height—and the surgery has been compared to a Brazilian butt lift (BBL)!
According to Penn Medicine, the limb-lengthening procedure is accomplished by inserting a “magnetic lengthening rod and pins” into the thigh bones to allow for “controlled lengthening over a period of time.”
As a result, participants can add a few inches to their overall height by the end of the process, which includes using an external remote for the rods. We should also add that physical therapy is required during the post-op phase, and participants must work on “gait training and leg strengthening throughout the lengthening process.”
In other words, while this procedure allows people to grow a little taller, they definitely have to put in work during recovery!
Two Men Who Received The Surgery Detail Their Experiences
No pain, no (height) gain?! Despite the grueling recovery, people continue to flock to surgeons to help solve their height-based insecurities.
The New York Post reports that a 41-year-old Minnesotan named Moses Gibson spent $75,000 to increase his 5’5″ frame by three inches to get more dates.
After a successful first surgery, he shelled out another $98,000 last month to hopefully get himself up to 5’10”.
“After the first procedure, I was happy with it to some extent, but it was always in my mind that I wanted to do a second one to complete it…I’ll be happy at 5-foot-10. But if my body and everything else allows me to go 3 inches to get to 5-foot-11, then even better!”
Gibson also notes that the surgery is “definitely worth it.”
“I’d advise anybody who wants this to go for it—it’s definitely worth it. I’m definitely wanting to spread the word, and if it can help other people go through it then so be it, I’m glad.”
This sentiment was echoed by a 26-year-old named Alex, who told NBC News that he would endure the pain and cost to end the height-centered ridicule. Alex also asked NBC to keep his true identity disclosed.
“My goal was never to be tall. It’s to be in a place where no one comments on my height…If all it is is pain and money, alright.”
However, like any surgical procedure, there are some potential complications. According to England’s National Health Service (NHS), limb-lengthening surgeries pose risks like poor bone formation, blood clots, and infections.
Regardless, though, Alex’s surgeon—Dr. Shahab Mahboubian—notes he expects to perform twice as many surgeries this year as in 2020.
“I even have 60-5-year-old guys that have come to me to undergo the procedure because it just doesn’t stop. The ‘short’ jokes keep going on and they feel inferior,” Dr. Mahboubian said.
Mahboubian describes the surgery as a four-hour operation that costs around $75,000 for the initial surgery and an additional $10,000 for the final step, removing the rods.
Social Media Dubs The Height Procedure 'BBL For Men'
As this cosmetic surgery continues to become more well-known, people online have opted to give it a nickname: men’s version of a BBL.
The real men's BBL pic.twitter.com/5dnD2xs0Xd
— Are You Fucking Dead Ass? (@I_Exude_Sarcasm) April 18, 2023
That height surgery thing is basically bbl for men
— Booty Consumer ?😰 (@yunglrae) April 19, 2023
So this is for men what BBL is for women https://t.co/9BVFVhB2c5
— Nna Mmadu👨🏾🍼 (@_IKENNA_) April 24, 2023
In fact, Twitter users have been cutting up about the whole procedure. Check out what some people had to say down below!
This height surgery thing is crazy, because who bullied you that bad????
— Athletic Missionary Sex (@ANiMalANP) April 18, 2023
This is a threat to all short niggas, if you lot normalise height surgery ima get it too and restore balance
— Super Lelouch (@YvesSaintLeeroy) April 24, 2023
ion see a problem wit niggas gettin height surgery… women get width surgery all the time🥴 pic.twitter.com/2tDGi2NUqK
— Taedo ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@_juiceegodd) April 19, 2023
Men’s BBL is the height surgery. I heard somebody call it the KneeBL and I’m still wheezing.
— Party Chompa (@TENAGAAAA) April 22, 2023
Surgery to look taller is insanity. Can you even play football again ever? Can you do any sport again after that?
— ً ً (@JamzLnd) April 24, 2023
Wayment … they got knee surgery to make you taller ??? pic.twitter.com/ESRJ7QbbUZ
— 🐢𝔾𝕚 𝔾𝕚 (@xoxoSuYung) April 18, 2023