I had three surgeries to add 7 inches to my height; I didn’t feel masculine before.
A man who underwent three leg-lengthening surgeries to appear taller has admitted he didn’t feel “manly” enough before the procedures were performed.
Leon, 21, from Germany, took to Tiktok to express his thoughts on the limb lengthening procedure that saw him gain an incredible seven inches.
The man said being shorter “sucked” and shared that his starting height of 5’8 affected his self-confidence because “there are women who are taller.”
The surgery took place in Istanbul, and a clip describing the story has amassed millions of views on TikTok.
In a clip posted to his TikTok account before the surgeries, he said: “For me 5’7″ is little, honestly it affects my self-confidence.”
Leon, a 21-year-old German man, took to Tiktok to share that he didn’t feel ‘manly’ before his three leg-lengthening surgeries.
‘I don’t feel masculine. There are women who measure 1.75 m or even more. You always admire people who are taller than 1.80 m. She sucks and it got me really depressed.
‘Nowadays, a lot of people are over 1.80m and in general this feeling of being short depresses me, so I’m grateful that this opportunity exists.
The fitness fanatic went on to say that the procedure had been a long time coming, as he had “very, very short” lower legs and looked like a “dwarf” in photos.
He added: ‘In general, I try to avoid clubs, bars and places where there are a lot of people. For example, shoes. Best example. I always look for shoes with the highest heels.
‘I feel very bad with shoes that only have a 2 cm heel. The most important thing for me as a man is to feel confident, free and happy.
The fitness fanatic went from 5’8 to 6’3, gaining a whopping seven inches in height.
‘I eat 1.80 cm, I can’t even imagine what it feels like. To say that height does not matter is a lie. You can say what you want, but the height of the body is very important.
‘When you have friends who are bigger than you, you think “why am I so small?” You look up all the time, it’s annoying and mentally stressful.
Just before the end of the video, father León, who seemed to support his son’s decision, reassures him by saying: “I am very sure that León will achieve his goal.”
Leg lengthening procedures are reportedly on the rise and have become popular with men, even though they can cost thousands of pounds.
The surgery itself is no easy feat, as it requires intentionally breaking the leg bone before fixing it to a special frame.
The process begins with an operation called an osteotomy, in which an orthopedic surgeon cuts the bone in order to lengthen it.
Supported by a frame, the leg is straightened, allowing new bone to form between the two broken ends of the bone.
It also doesn’t happen overnight, as the bones, skin, and nerves will need time to stretch over time, until the leg can finally support its new weight.
On the other hand, with leg shortening surgery, you can expect a doctor to remove a section of bone from the middle of your leg before inserting metal plates and screws or a rod to hold the bone in place while it heals.