Increasing your height by 6 inches is not being realistic. You havnt mentioned your wingspan but if you went from 5'4 - 5'10 (atleast?!) your proportions would be messed up. I think 6 inches is unrealistic even if you do both tibias and femurs, and the process would be long and arduous. I suggest you read the diaries and MMT FAQ on this forum and re-assess your position and expectations, especially regarding your athletic ambitions.... Based on what Ive read I would not recommend LL as a means of increasing your athletic potential, especially if your looking for a significant increase in height, no way.
The bright side is that your already 5'4, so an increase of like 6cm, which is more practical, would make a great difference.
I hear what youre saying, but I'm completely decided there is absolutely no way Im backing out-or down- on this. however, youre probably right, 5'10 is a little overboard, especially as im already 5'4. Even if it was easy to make it happen, I guess theres no real need to get that much done. But 5'9 is the lowest I'm willing to settle for. Of course it will be spread out evenly between femurs and tibias. and my wingspan is pretty good actually, I think things will fit more or less fine once everything is done. Whatever slight "off-ness" there might be, I do not feel it will be at all noticeable to all but the most dedicated observer. And for those who didnt know me beforehand, would they automatically just go-"oh yeah, shes obviously traveled half way across the word and spent thousands on that darn LL surgery! its just SO obvious! shes must be one of those crazy LL folk!" LOL... i dont think so. if anything looks like anything, maybe just a very slight birth abnormality? But I dont think it will even come out as anything near that... We measured the torso of one the girls on my high school soccer team when we were doing uniforms for everyone once, she was 6 feet tall. turns out, it was ALL her legs. curiously enough her torso was exactly the same length and about the same breadth as mine. And her arms were not significantly longer. So....I have absolutely NO fear that longer legs (even six-footer legs) will automatically make me look like some weird avant-garde manniquin! lol...
as for stopping at 5'9', considering in recovery time that every millimeter counts, and as knowing that there is not much real difference in a single inch, I might be better off just stopping at 5'9, then carrying on all the way to 5'10. But if I do stop there, it wont be because I feel that 5'10 "just cant happen" or "wont happen" or "shouldnt happen" or whatever other reason people might say. It may be just wiser in that kind of intensive process to stop close enough to my original goal and get basically the same thing, then to spend all the time and money and effort that would be necessary to gain just one more inch. so I can certainly see that argument, but I in NO way agree that 5'10 is in ANY way undoable or shouldnt be done. Why would I??? I am a normally proportioned female, and if you look at a lot of tall girls, not ALL of them have huge torsos or super long arms, as was the case in my teammate I mentioned above. Our torsos were the same size and the arm difference was negligible. She only had very long legs. Everything else between us was more or less the SAME. And yet, somehow, I dont remember her getting very many strange looks as she walked around the campus. Thats because in MANY females, as we usually have shorter torsos then men, we get our height from our legs. So, if i have an average torso, which I do, I'm not petite at all, and long-ish legs (after the procedures), who exactly is going to think thats anything strange? Not a single person I have ever met. maybe its different in Europe, who knows? But on this side of the water, everywhere I have been, with all the leggy girls I have known, its the long long legs, and the average sized torso and arms that have been the norm. Maybe its different where you guys live.
And Even IF my arms end up look SLIGHTLY off if i went all the way to 5'10, I wouldnt really care. thats basically it. I would NOT care. most people probably wouldnt take the time to notice or care if they did. And besides, even if they did care, I wouldnt care about THAT! lol.. Im extremely secure in myself (apart from my height). there are much worse "deformaties" out there then having slightly 'too-short' arms... and if that happens, thats a "price" I am VERY willing to pay for the legs and height that I crave. 5'9 OR 5'10!
So, while I may be well within the "average" of american female height, its far below what I want or feel comfortable with currently, and thats why im changing it. Being short I believe has held me back in some ways. so while this technology is currently available to those can find a way to afford it, I plan to make use of it to my FULL ability. Like most people here, the most limiting factor for me currently is money, but I can overcome that with plenty of discipline, hard work and creativity. I'm already that job. And sorry folks, while I appreciate all your knowledgeable concerns, its my body and i know whats right for it and me. Who's to say who should, and shouldnt, be able to get this surgery? isnt that what this whole forum is about?? Those who feel the need to do this, despite their current height (or lack of it)? Im sure that most people who have never been on this forum would say that ANYONE doing this for a 'cosmetic" reason is wrong...does everyone else here agree with that? I doubt it, because from what I've read that basically applies to all of us. It seems most of us here are doing this for a "cosmetic" reason, not because we have a bowed leg or leg length differential or anything like that.
Height, like many things, is highly personal and subjective. There are many short people completely comfortable with their height and wouldnt think about changing it (and would probably think anyone contemplating this sort of drastic measure has a few screws loose.) Then there are the rest of us that, for WHATEVER reason, find our god-given height lacking and want to improve upon it. Is that wrong? I dont think so... i say to anyone who's willing to pay the price in effort and money to make this sort of extreme change to simply GO
MMT, just because Im a woman of so-called average height, you feel I dont have the right to do this?? Thats a bit offensive dont you think?? I appreciate very much the forum that you started here, but that doesnt make you the final word on this for everyone who ever comes here. We all still all have our own personal choices to make. You have the right to your opinion, but it is just that. Your opinion. I would say that someone shorter than myself would have more of a reason
to do it, but not more of a RIGHT. I have just as much a right to do this, if I feel the need, as anyone
I may still be a newbie here, ive only posted a couple of times, but I have read a lot on this site as well as the diaries, very wonderful resources all and thanks very much to all who have shared. I dont do things lightly. I know the drill, I know what its all about, insofar as what you can learn by reading and not firsthand experience. As far as the dedication required, I may be still shy of 30 (barely) but I did 8.5 yrs in the navy in a job very grueling overall, and of course always in the demographic minority. there was plenty of stress and craziness. lets just say, I know
how to handle things. Everything thats vital and relevant to me, at least. In some ways, this may be even be easier, but regardless, it doesnt even matter. whatever this takes, it doesnt f***ing matter to me. this is MY life, MY decision, and its as good as done to me. 5'8, 5'9, whatever
. the details are unimportant to me (they will become more important-and settled out-as the time rolls near). I KNOW im going to do this and I cannot wait. I'm doing one of the internal methods (absolutely NO question on that) as soon as I have all the money ready and its going to be AWESOME. maybe not so much the pain and recovery, but overall, yes, it will be awesome.