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xenia123

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Where should I shorten?
« on: June 26, 2020, 07:10:21 PM »

Hello everyone
I've been on the forum for over 2 years now reading posts and gathering information.
I'm a 178 cm (5'10) tall woman who wants to shorten as much as possible. I know that the shortening operation is rare on the forum here, but it is truly terrible to be taller than the average male height as a woman. I hope it's understandable, even though almost all of you on here are not in this situation.

After contacting doctors, I had to learn that it's only possible to shorten 4 cm on the femurs and/or 3 cm on the tibias. It sucks that the safe amount for shortening is only 4 cm on one segment. But, better be 174 or 175 than 178 cm. (Seriously, I'd kill to be 155-170 cm. Most women don't even know how blessed they are to be of "normal" height.)
I don't think I'm gonna shorten the femur AND tibia, as the operation(s) and the healing would be too complex.

So, now I have to decide whether I shorten the femur or the tibia. On one hand, long femurs are more attractive for women, so I hesitate to shorten them. But on the other hand, shortening the tibias is more complicated and riskier.
On a first glance, do you think I should go for 4 cm on the femur? Would it bring my proportions too much out of order?

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hanshi

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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 08:00:15 PM »

I think no matter which segment you want to shorten, your proportions are going to look worse than now. Also your arms might look a bit long after leg shortening.
Tibia shortening is certainly more dangerous than femur. You might get nerve damage and won't be able to walk normally.
As for femur shortening it's probably the only option. However you will look more stocky afterwards.
The main question would still be your motivation:
Are you dissatisfied with your own body in itself or do you just suffer because  you are relatively taller than average?
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xenia123

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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 08:17:11 PM »

I'm dissatisfied because I'm so much taller than almost all women I meet. I'm 5 inches over the female average in my country and I'm the average height of a man. Although not being the same regarding discrimination, it's the equivalent to being a 5'5 man.

I don't have any problems with my body proportions and I know that my proportions with look worse after shortening, but I'm willing to worsen my proportions in order to be shorter.
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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2020, 08:18:01 PM »

Dr. Betz can shorten more than 4cm.
He already shorten femurs by 6cm for a tall woman
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xenia123

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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2020, 08:21:48 PM »

Yes, but this woman (Olivia Jones) was 2.01 m (6'7) - her femurs were longer so she was able to shorten more.

It's actually Dr. Betz that told me 4 cm would be safe so I can still do all sports I did before.
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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2020, 08:23:54 PM »

I will shorten my femurs by 5 cm with Dr. Betz next month
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xenia123

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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2020, 08:34:15 PM »

Wow. You're shortening after having lengthened. I'm astonished Betz is willing to do that.
Good luck.
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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2020, 08:40:10 PM »

Yes. After lenghtening 11cm i will shorten again by 5cm.
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hanshi

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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2020, 09:52:49 PM »

Yes. After lenghtening 11cm i will shorten again by 5cm.
If something goes wrong and you want to sue Betz let me know.
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kumbaya

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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2020, 01:34:27 AM »

Hi there,

If you want to shorten its completely respectable.
However looking at your picture, you have a nice body, you look tall but not big which is great for a woman.

At 178 you are a tall woman, but not freakingly tall. I had a female coworker who was 185, which really is is too tall for a woman.
However, she did not felt embarrased at all. In fact she enjoyed being taller than most men in the office, it gave a boost to her confidence  in a corporate world where women tend to be treated unequal.

At 178 you are completely ok in my opinion.

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xenia123

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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2020, 04:34:22 PM »

Thank you for your opinion, kumbaya.
I think freakingly tall begins at 174 cm... that‘s already 95th percentile.
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Re: Where should I shorten?
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2020, 08:40:43 PM »

Hi Xenia,

I also think you look great already.  By shortening your legs, your arms will look disproportionate and your feet will probably look too big.  Instead wear flats and avoid heels and you will look just fine.  I can understand that you feel abnormal but you are abnormally better not worse.  If you go ahead with the surgery, at best you will have some scars and at worst some serious complications.  But whatever you decide good luck anyway!

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