Where to get Leg Shortening?

I was wondering about surgery to shorten legs. How much length can be removed? It sounds silly but I just hate being so tall for a woman, I don't actually have un-even legs. I have been thinking about this for years and definitely want surgery to reduce my height. So I was wondering how much length can be removed, and which places I could get this done? Thanks. (I selected Body Lift as there was no topic choice relating to this)

Miss Doe June 21st, 2016 Australia

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     Gavin Sandercoe

    Gavin Sandercoe

    33 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Hi Miss Doe
    I think you would need to have that conversation with an orthopaedic surgeon, and would be very surprised if they agreed to perform your procedure. Bone lengthening through osseous-distraction is a common procedure in many parts of the body, and I believe that bone lengthening to get taller is a fad in some countries.
    It is technically possible to cut a segment of bone out and fix it securely with plates/screws/pins, but all the soft tissues surrounding that bone (such as muscles, arteries & veins, nerves) will need time to cope with the reduced length.
    Have you considered discussing your dissatisfaction with your height with a psychologist or counsellor or similar?
    Good Luck
    Dr Gavin Sandercoe
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    Dr. Raymond Goh

    Raymond Goh

    123 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Queensland, Australia

    Hi Miss Doe.
    I understand that you have concerns about been too tall, even though tallness is more-often-than-not a highly desired and sought after physical trait. Unfortunately, leg shortening procedures are not common practice anywhere in the world. Bone shortening in theory would entail significant morbidity, and could potentially result in undesired effects on the surrounding lower limb soft tissue. 
    Kind regards,Dr Ray GohValley Plastic Surgery