Cosmetic Leg Lengthening
What is cosmetic lengthening?
We can describe it as "the art of height lengthening" without any loss of function.
Thanks to the use of "Precice magnetic rod technology", which can be controlled externally, it's possible to perform cosmetic lengthening.
Limb lengthening surgery has been successfully used for a long time (1903 Codivilla) to address various issues in orthopedic treatment. However, it is not possible to mention the external fixator methods used in classic lengthening techniques such as the Ilizarov Method among those used for cosmetic lengthening. This is because in these methods pins and K wires fitted on the surface of the skin leave scars, and in addition, these pins and K wires restrict the amount of distraction.
Cosmetic lengthening surgeries reveal differences that exist when one leg is shorter than the other. The size of both the muscular structure as well as the bone normally function in perfect harmony. The muscles and other soft tissues are adapted during surgery in order to make the length of a shorter leg equal to that of the other. However, there is a risk of of disrupting this harmony during a prolonged cosmetic lengthening surgery, in which case the person may also run the risk of experiencing serious injuries. This is a risk that cannot be taken. Due to the developments in modern medicine, "Precice magnetic rod technology", which can be controlled externally, makes it possible to perform cosmetic lengthening surgeries more precisely.
How are Cosmetic Lengthening Procedures Done?
* Medical Evaluation and Consultation
* Surgery and Hospital Time (5 days)
* Lengthening Period and Rehabilitation (8 cm - 2 months)
* Consolidation Period (the period after the procedure in which the newly created bone firms up in the lengthened region - 3 months)
“Today, when virtually anyone is able to use a machine to make cosmetic changes or updates to the nose or chest through various procedures, lengthening is also taking its place among them. Every day, developments in the medical world make it possible to perform lengthening surgeries which respond to cosmetic demands, surgeries which were only previously carried out in cases deemed necessary.
The perception we have of our bodies plays a siginificant role in defining how we see ourselves overall. Operations of this kind change the perceptions of an individual has of him or herself. Body image relates to our ability to recognize, accept and care for our bodies, from how we see ourselves from the outside to what we see reflected back to us in the mirror. Physical changes could include everything ranging from the amount of make-up used or shaving done, to an operation, as long as those conditions fit the person and are appropriate. It is very important for people who are seeking a change of this kind to have psychological support both during as well as after the decision-making process.”
The most commonly asked question is, "Is cosmetic lengthening surgery right for me?" The answer to this question can be provided with the necessary technical practical considerations as well as discussing some important questions with an expert:
- Why do I want this surgery?
- How long have I thought about having the procedure?
- What will the operation change in my life?
- What will happen if I don't have the operation?
- What should I expect after the operation?
- How good am I with handling stress?
- How well can I use resources to help me to cope?
- In what way will the post-op recovery period impact my life?
- What will the process of getting used to the changes be like?
Magnetic rod technology, which can be controlled externally, allows patients to go through the rehabilitation process more quickly, achieve better results, and return to daily life in a faster way than with other methods. On the first day after the surgery, patients use a walker or crutches to help with partial weight-bearing movement, are taught some basic isometric exercises and given a home exercise program that includes step training. Rehabilitation is continued at a later time. After the desired length has been reached, the frequency of rehabilitation is gradually reduced as the lengthened bone becomes stronger. At the same time the amount of weight-bearing activity increases as the patient goes from walking with partial support to walking with no support at all. Then the patient returns to normal life."
These devices, which are constantly being improved and developed and whose use is somewhat limited because of the high prices involved with using them, will become an inevitable technology in the near future. However, thanks to all their advantages, "Magnetic Rod Technology-Precice" has made cosmetic lengthening operations a possibility without there being any loss of function.