Plastic Surgery Superman: Fan Goes Under Knife to Look Like Superhero

A 35-year-old Filipino man has been having plastic surgery for the last 16 years to look like Superman. Meet Herbert Chavez, a “pageant trainer” who has been going under the knife since 1995 to resemble the popular flying superhero.

His home in Calamba Laguna (south of Manila) is littered with Superman memorabilia, from t-shirts to bed sheets, life-sized Superman figures to pillows. What’s out of place is a life-sized figure of Spiderman, which appears to be climbing on a wall outside the house. Since 1995, Chavez has had a chin augmentation, rhinoplasty, silicone injections and thigh implants, according to local news program Bandila. One expert suggests that Chavez may have a condition known as body dismorphic disorder.

“They will never be satisfied by just one surgery… [they feel like] there’s still something wrong,” she told Bandila.

Superman hype reached a peak when late actor Christopher Reeve donned the familiar red and blue suit in the 1978 film, which was followed by three sequels. In 2006, Brandon Routh starred as the man of steel in the Bryan Singer-directed “Superman Returns.” Chavez’s surgically-enhanced body and face resembles an eerie combination of the two actors. (IBITimes)

Herbert Chavez poses with his life-sized Superman statues inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. In his idolization of the superhero, Chavez, a self-professed “pageant trainer” who owns two costume stores, has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries for his nose, cheeks, lips and chin down to his thighs and even his skin color to look more like the “Man of Steel”. The final result bears little resemblance to his old self. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

A combination photo shows Herbert Chavez before and after his cosmetic transformation to look more like the comic book character Superman in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. In his idolization of the superhero, Chavez, a self-professed “pageant trainer” who owns two costume stores, has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries for his nose, cheeks, lips and chin down to his thighs and even his skin color to look more like the “Man of Steel”. The final result bears little resemblance to his old self. The photo on the left was taken when Chavez was 16. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez poses with his life-sized Superman statues inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez poses with his Superman memorabilia inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez holds a photo of himself at 16, taken before his cosmetic transformation to look like his idol Superman, inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez shows a catalogue of Superman costumes to his costume store staff in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez shows off his Superman shirt collection, some of which were made by him, inside his bedroom in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez holds a Superman book as he shows his collection to a boy inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez poses with his Superman memorabilia inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

Herbert Chavez poses with his life-sized Superman staues with children outside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel)

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