Gaining height once you’ve passed puberty is very difficult. Most of your bodies growth takes place from birth right up until your mid twenties which makes gaining any sort of growth that’s linked to your bones tough! I had this issue not long after my 21st birthday. So how to gain height after puberty? I’d pretty much grown to the exact height my adult body was comfortable with, yet it wasn’t enough for me! It was at that point I decided to try and do something about it. I might not be able to make my bones grow any longer, yet I could at least improve my posture and try to stretch everything out to give me some vital extra millimetres! In the end, I discovered that there are pretty much 3 parts to growing taller as an adult.
- Joint flexibility.
- Muscle mass.
- Improving your posture.
To start, I suggest you take a good look at your diet and exercise regimes as they stand, making tweaks to work on height and posture instead of simply gaining muscle.
What About Surgery?
I researched how to gain height a few years ago as a medical student, eventually going down the road towards surgery. I have my own height issues which made this research quite important on a personal level.
As for surgery itself, it’s a tricky one. There are new techniques that mean surgeons can slowly, but surely increase the height of an average human being. The main procedure, is one where your bones are cut, lengthened gradually and eventually healed back together.
I’m not sure about you, but the thought of voluntarily having my legs broken and pinned back together sounds pretty scary! I also discovered that the recovery time was huge, about 3 to 6 months in total.
How Much Taller Can Surgery Make Me?
During my research, I found that there are limits to how much taller you can become with surgery .The main factors that will eventually limit your increase in height are the other parts of your body. Soft tissues, joints and your skin will all limit exactly how tall you can become. The average height gain is about 3 to 4 centimetres. That sounds pretty amazing but the pain and cost to get there is huge.
How Does Surgery Work?
At the beginning of my research, there was only one treatment. However, that’s been superseded by a more modern approach:
- Lengthening Over A Nail – Sounds painful, because it is. An external device is fitted, allowing the broken bone to re-grow with support along the way. A nail is fitted inside the bone to offer further support.
- Implantable Rods – A more modern technique that means a rod is implanted in your leg to slowly increase its length over time. It’s less painful than the earlier method and fast becoming the accepted standard.
The second approach is fast becoming the main method to carry out this procedure now. The whole industry seems to have moved so fast since I became a student a few years ago!
Never forget however, that you’ll need 3 months to recover from this surgery and you’ll also need to visit your consultant every few weeks to ensure everything is going according to plan.
How Long Does The Surgery Take?
Typically about 2 to 3 hours. It’s common to be out of hospital within 24 hours of the procedure too. However, the real work begins when you get home and your bones begin the process of healing and developing new tissue.
What’s The Recovery Time?
Quite lengthy! Post operation, you’ll generally be able to discharge after 24 hours. However, it then takes another few months for your body to fuse your bones together. This can be a very painful and debilitating time for patients and require lengthy periods off work.
How Much Will Increasing My Height Cost?
As a broke student, it was this that put me off instantly and pushed me towards more natural methods on how to gain height. A typical estimate is about $50,000 to $75,000. Even your early consultations will cost hundreds of dollars at a time and by the time you’re ready to have your operation, you’ll have spent $10,000.
If you do decide to choose the surgery path. Please take your time, visit your consultant and ask plenty of questions. Surgery to gain height is not something to be taken lightly.