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Make Me Superman: The Transformation of Herbert Chavez (Photos)

Meet Herbert Chavez, who’s transformed himself into a living, breathing Man of Steel via plastic surgery.

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To say that Herbert Chavez is obsessed with Superman is an understatement. The 34-year-old Filipino has had in the neighborhood of 17 plastic-surgery procedures (he’s lost count) to make him look like Superman, including chin implants to capture the iconic cleft, lip injections, skin pigment orientation, four nose jobs, three tummy tucks, and more. The procedures began in 1998, when Chavez was a pimple-faced 21-year-old with a huge love for all things Superman. Check out several pictures of Chavez in action.

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Herbert Chavez stands among his huge collection of Superman mannequins, dolls, and other paraphernalia at his home in Calamba, Philippines.

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Chavez underwent plastic surgery to transform himself into the Man of Steel, including a nose job and creating a cleft in his chin. He also had silicone injections for fuller lips, liposuction to flatten his abdomen, and implants to bulk up his buttocks and hips.

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Chavez holds a photograph of himself at 16, before his cosmetic surgery to look like Superman.

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Chavez, who makes his own costumes, shops at a garment shop in Manila. 

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Chavez displays his Superman shirt collection.

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Chavez poses with neighborhood children outside his home.