How Much Would It Cost to Get the Body of a Superhero?
Jager Weatherby on 23 Jul 2014 at 9:00am
By now, many of us have heard of Toby Sheldon, the man who spent $130,000 on cosmetic procedures to look like Justin Bieber. “Human Ken Doll” Justin Jedlica is also testing the limits of body modification, claiming that his 100+ surgeries are all in the name of art.
But what if you wanted to take it even further? What if, instead of looking like your favorite popstar, you strove to achieve the chiseled body of a superhero? Well… there’s a surgery for that.
All we have to do is look at the transformation of Batman over the years to see that the ideal male body has changed. The pressure to conform to these standards has made its way far outside the limits of Hollywood, with cases of recreational steroid use rising all across the globe. What’s more, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of cosmetic procedures being performed on men has increased 273% in the last 16 years.
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However, it’s going to take a lot more than a little liposuction to give you the body of Thor. As actor Chris Hemsworth revealed, achieving a God-like figure required high-intensity workouts five to six days per week. The demanding plan was combined with “endless amounts of chicken, steak, vegetables, and brown rice,” as well as nearly 20 glasses of water per day.
Despite the fact that 90% of men tell RealSelf that they're motivated by these superhero bodies, keeping up that regimen long-term probably doesn’t sound all too appealing to anyone who'd rather choose a beer over barbells. Unless your job allows you to spend significant time in the gym (or it actually happens to be your job, like it is for Chris Hemsworth), having the figure of a superhero might be hard to maintain. Aside from using unhealthy steroids (which have the potential to cause breast growth in men), plastic surgery might just be the next best bet for bulking up without changing your lifestyle too dramatically.
Curious what it would cost to get the biceps of Batman, the abs of Aquaman, or the calves of Captain America… without giving up all of your favorite foods? RealSelf teamed up with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rick Silverman to figure out how much you’d have to pay to get the body of your favorite superhero. (Spoiler alert: It ain’t gonna be cheap — and the cost doesn't even include things like wardrobe and fancy gadgets!)
Forehead/Hairline contouring: $6,000; Filler in the cheeks: $950; Chin implant: $4,050; Deltoid implants: $8,000; Bicep/tricep implants: $16,000; Pec implants: $8,200; Forearm implants: $5,000; Abdominal etching: $5,900; Quad implants: $8,000; Calf implants (four total): $7,100; Butt implants: $7,750
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Women have even more to deal with (isn’t that always the case?), especially if they’ve had to handle the changes that come from giving birth. “It’s tough to maintain that wasp-like figure after having twins,” reveals Dr. Silverman. Unless you’re going for the massive muscle look of She-Hulk, the surgeries needed to become a female superhero will likely be less exaggerated but greater in number than those for the men. There’s an upside to these added procedures, however: combination surgeries like the Mommy Makeover (implants, breast lift, tummy tuck, and lipo) come at a reduced rate. It’s like a Buy 3, Get 1 Free for your body!
Forehead/Hairline contouring: $6,000; Rhinoplasty: $6,900; Filler in the cheeks: $950; Filler in the lips: $1,000; Liposuction on the upper arms: $3,000; Deltoid implants: $7,000; Mommy makeover (including breast implants, breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck): $13,000; Liposuction on the thighs: $6,000; Fat transfer to the outer hips: $4,500; Brazilian butt lift: $7,000; Liposuction on the calves: $4,000
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Unfortunately, you can’t rely on plastic surgery alone to get the believable body of a superhero. (Emphasis on the word believable.) As Dr. Silverman explains, “surgery can be a helpful adjunct to bring up weak body parts or remove fat deposits, but one cannot take a body without muscular shape and turn it into a superhero with surgery. It would look peculiar at best. Surgery can serve as an aid to achieve goals, but it must be used in conjunction with a vigorous exercise regimen and an appropriate diet to maintain lean mass and minimize fat.”
If you do decide to go under the knife for one of these “superhero” procedures, it’s important that you’re reasonable with your expectations. “We must remember that superheroes are strong,” adds Silverman. “Pec and calf implants add no strength; they merely create the appearance of a larger muscle. If superheroes are expected to provide superhero skills, they need to be strong, flexible, fast, and clever. None of those result from surgery.” Translation: Just because you paid for some chiseled new deltoids, that doesn’t mean you’ll magically be able to lift a car over your head with the greatest of ease.
Needless to say, there’s no easy way to turn yourself into a superhero, as much as we’d like to believe that there was. However, if you are able to build that body through diet and exercise (and maybe a bit of surgery), then more (super)power to you! The world could always use a few extra people willing to kick the ass of whatever alien symbiote/psychotic psychologist/supergalactic space-god comes our way.
Would you ever get a cosmetic procedure in order to look like a superhero? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo credits: Zade Rosenthal © 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM & 2011 Marvel; © 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures
Infographics created by RealSelf with photos courtesy of DC Comics and NickolayLamm.com