So last January, he got a leg-lengthening surgery to increase his height to 5’10". It’s to be in a place where no one comments on my height,” Alex said. Physical therapy is required: For four months following his surgery, Alex went four to five times per week and used a walker. The results suggested that men preferred shorter women and women preferred taller men relative to both their own heights and the averages in their countries. But Alex added that he is wary of recommending the surgery to others, since that would imply that shorter men should change.