Superman Fan Has 16 Years Of Plastic Surgery To Look Like His Icon
Herbert Chavez has transformed himself from a mild mannered dress maker into a real life Superman - thanks to nineteen plastic surgeries to copy the comic book heroes look.
The 35-year-old, from Calamba City, Philippines, has had nose jobs, skin whitening, lip liposuction, jaw realignment, pec implants and even abdominal implants to become a real-life Clarke Kent.
Herbert first fell in love with the super hero - famed for his red cape and 'S' logo - when he was five-years-old watching him on TV.
Over the next 30-years he has splashed around 300,000 Pesos (£4,400) on his obsession - a fortune compared to the average 90p hourly wage in the Philippines.
Herbert regularly takes to the streets around his home dressed in full Superman regalia, with his hair gelled in distinctive curly fashion. He aims to teach kids good morals while also brightening their days.
Herbert said: "I feel like a Superhero whenever I pull on the costume, but my mission is not to save the world but to help in my own small way and bring a smile to the faces of local children.
"I don't have any regrets at all. People come up to me in the street all the time and want their picture taken with me. They are all really excited to see a real-life Superman in the Philippines."
But his distinctive look has not come easily, with Herbert going under the knife repeatedly to copy every last feature of the super hero he worships - right down to his chiselled chin.
And Herbert admits it is tasking trying to keep up with such a "perfect" person.
He added: "If you talk about super heroes, the expectation of people is that they are flawless, they do not get hurt, they do not die.
"But as human beings, we can only copy their looks. Especially as a Filipino, I have very Asian features and did not look like the caucasian Superman. So when I was able to save enough money to alter my features, I chose to copy those of Superman.
"It is hard living up to people's expectations as a living superhero. That is the reason I have had so many surgeries because I undergo maintenance procedures that need performing.
"For example, my cleft chin is formed of hydrogel, but it does not always appear balanced. The more dehydrated you get the smaller it gets, so you have to keep adding to it.
"I am such a good customer of my surgeon, Tito Garcia, he does all the work for free as part of a part-exchange deal. I help publicise his practice in return."
Herbert now plans to keep improving his look with more operations to make him taller and surgery to beef up his abdomen and bum.
But he acknowledges that there may be a day when he has to halt the extensive surgeries.
Herbert said: "I totally don't have any regrets. What is there for me to regret? Everything that has happened in my life has been positive and because of Superman.
"When my body says it can not endure it anymore or when my doctor says that my body can not handle it because of age, then I will stop."