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  • Dr. Yuksel Yurttas

Age Limit for Limb Lengthening Surgery: How it Affects Your Eligibility

Limb lengthening surgery is a game-changer for people who are self-conscious about their current height or just want to grow taller. But it's important to think about the age limits before going through with this challenging procedure. In this article, we'll talk about the minimum and maximum age limits for limb lengthening surgery, and also the best age to have the procedure.


Minimum Age Limit for Limb Lengthening Surgery


The minimum age for limb lengthening surgery is determined by the reason for the procedure. In general, it is performed on children who have a significant difference in limb length due to a birth defect or injury. In these cases, the child must be at least 5 years old as their bones need to be fully formed and they must be able to participate in the recovery process.


For cosmetic purposes, the minimum age limit is based on the closure of growth plates. These plates, which are responsible for new bone formation during childhood, close at the end of puberty, usually between the ages of 17 and 20. After this point, the only way to increase height is through limb lengthening surgery.


Maximum Age Limit for Limb Lengthening Surgery


There is no theoretical maximum age limit for limb lengthening surgery. However, factors such as physical strength, overall health, bone mineral density, and bone quality are evaluated before the procedure is performed. It is recommended to have the surgery before the age of 50, as bone density and quality decrease with age. If you are over 50 and considering limb lengthening surgery, it is best to have a bone density test before making a decision.

maximum age limit - 50 years old patient before and after limb lengthening
A 50-year-old patient had a bone density test and was found suitable for limb lengthening surgery. The patient grew 12.5 cm in total with two surgeries.

Best Age for Limb Lengthening Surgery


The best age to have cosmetic limb lengthening surgery is between 20 and 40 years. This is because the body reaches peak strength and mass between these ages, and the process of remodeling, where old bone is replaced with new bone, is still active. After age 40, bone mass gradually begins to decrease, making it less ideal for limb lengthening surgery.


Determining Closed Growth Plates


To determine whether your growth plates are closed, you can go to a hospital's orthopedic department and get an x-ray. Growth plates appear as black lines at the ends of bones on an x-ray. When growth plates close and cartilage has hardened entirely into bone, this black line will no longer be seen on an x-ray, indicating that the growth plates are closed.

open and closed growth plates

Conclusion


Limb lengthening surgery is a revolutionary solution for individuals who have been struggling with short stature or have always dreamed of being taller. It's not just about a change in appearance, but also an improvement in self-confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of personal accomplishment. However, before embarking on this journey, it's crucial to consider the age limits for the procedure and evaluate your overall health and bone density. The best age for this surgery is between 20 and 40 years, as the body is still able to produce new bone cells and replace the old ones during this time. Even if you're over 50 and still wish to have this surgery, it's important to prioritize bone strength and health, and that's why it's recommended to have a bone density test before proceeding.


If you're ready to take the next step toward your dream height, we invite you to book a free consultation and find out your eligibility for surgery. Our team will provide you with all the information and guidance you need to make an informed decision.


Contact us via WhatsApp at +90 533 973 5289 or by email at info@dryukselyurttas.com to schedule your consultation.

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