In this piece for Buzzfeed News, Elamin Abdelmahmoud explores the rise in men seeking cosmetic procedures — particularly a rather alarming sounding surgery where the leg bone is cut and a rod inserted to increase height. With men of average height increasingly taking this option, Abdelmahmoud questions how popular culture influences them.

I asked Westrich to describe the most common experiences that patients shared with her. “One I hear quite often is ‘I don’t get the same respect as others. I’ve accomplished so much and I’m still often treated like a child.’” Dating is another arena. “I often hear people say, ‘I went on a date, and the person said, I really like you, but you’re just not tall enough, I’m looking for somebody taller.’”