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Make Me Taller: The Trend of Limb Lengthening Surgeries in India

Limb-lengthening surgery for cosmetic reasons is in demand in India, but it does not always end well.

Across India, more and more people are opting to go under the knife to become taller.

They believe limb lengthening surgery will propel their careers and personal happiness to new heights.

The operation requires their surgeon to break their legs before attaching rods, frames and bolts.

This is followed by months of recovery during which the patients’ healing limbs grow a millimetre a day. But the process does not always go well, leaving some patients crippled.

101 East investigates the great lengths people across India are willing to go to, to become taller.