Napoleon Bonaparte never needed it. Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t ever want it. Nicolas Sarkozy hasn’t — yet — made any noises about it. But the long and short of the matter is that vertically challenged people now do have a choice that goes beyond those rather unsubtle platform shoes to add a few inches...to one’s height. Of course, this shortcoming seems to psychologically affect men far more than it does women. A Spanish cosmetic surgeon had to know the shortcomings of some Don Juans and has come up with a novel corrective: a ‘head implant’. Before one conjures up an image of an expansive head as made famous by Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster — with two mandatory bolts attached to each temple — Dr Luis de la Cruz has developed a 90-minute operation that adds up to two inches of silicone between the scalp and the skull of our bajo hombre.
Wonderful as this is, especially for cosmetic surgeons like Dr de la Cruz, the question is: why do short men need to be taller? One school of psychology believes that to compensate the relative shortage of an aerial view, shorter men develop an aggressive mind-set that, in the right brain, provides the gentleman with extreme confidence. And as another school of psychology states, the alpha male — such a precious commodity to women — has to be confident above all.
Height, of course, makes people look up to you in an everyday world. But one really wonders what kind of erotic appeal a ‘heightened’ man will emanate when his forehead starts resembling that of, say, Prince Charles. What? Don’t tell us you didn’t know!