I spent $100,000 on leg-lengthening surgery to help my career. It was unbelievably painful, but I have no regrets.

Rich Rotella is an actor in Hollywood.

Rich Rotella, 38, is an actor who had limb-lengthening surgery to advance his career.
He says it added 3 inches to his height and boosted his confidence, but it was painful. 
Rotella doesn’t have any regrets and is working on a documentary about his experience.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Rich Rotella, a 38-year-old actor from Los Angeles, about his experience having leg-lengthening surgery to get ahead in his career. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I’ve always felt the need to be taller, even as a teenager. I was 5-foot-5 and felt like I paled in comparison to my peers, so my mother and I sought medical advice from a doctor in Frederick County, Maryland, where I lived at the time. The doctor recommended a variety of options to boost my height, one of which included a growth hormone that I didn’t end up taking.

I decided to wait and see if I’d undergo a late-puberty growth spurt, but in 1998, when I was 13 years old, I broke my arm playing basketball with my brothers and an X-ray showed that my growth plates were sealed. My doctor told me I wasn’t going to grow any taller than 5-foot-5. This was quite frustrating, but I tried to move forward. 

I considered getting leg-lengthening surgery in 2013, but it seemed too expensive

I first thought about getting surgery in 2013, but I was married, and according to my research, the surgery cost more than $100,000. It didn’t seem plausible to spend that kind of money at the time.

I’ve been an actor in Hollywood since 2009 and have worked with a handful of celebrities, from Betty White to Mindy Sterling, and talented filmmakers. Over time, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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