Comic-Con Documentary: Superheroes & The New Male Body

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RealSelf explores the evolution of the male body ideal in new documentary

It comes as no surprise that millions of American women are searching for ways to measure up to their favorite celebrities. Far more surprising is the growing number of males who are getting in on the act.

RealSelf, the leading community around elective cosmetic procedures, hit the streets at San Diego Comic-Con to find out what’s driving this growth. Just in time for New York Comic-Con, the resulting mini-documentary, Superhero Bodies, explores how the changing ideals of the male form have made business in Hollywood more competitive than ever.

With the number of cosmetic procedures being performed on men up 273% in the last 16 years, according the American Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Superhero Bodies also takes a close look at how Hollywood heroes could be driving the average American male to more extreme tactics to achieve the bodies of Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Ben Affleck and Chris Pratt.

Themes from the documentary include:

The evolution of male body ideals: “As the social climates change, we want more out of our superheroes — so that’s why you get to Ben Affleck or Christian Bale — guys who felt like they registered on screen in a way that Adam West didn’t have to.” –Mark Bernadin, Deputy Editor, Digital at Playboy

What it takes to get ahead today: “Now you have steroids, you have human growth hormones, you have liposuction, you have advanced workout techniques — so the landscape is very different for the male body.” –Dr. Brent Moelleken, Board-certified plastic surgeon

Hollywood’s role and the economics behind it all: ‘’Liposuction is definitely a very big part of Hollywood success.” –Dr. Jay Calvert, Board-certified plastic surgeon

Demands from the public: “A lot of it’s what’s required from the audience — are they willing to tolerate the less-than-buff or do we just need these guys to be terminators?” –Mark Bernadin, Deputy Editor, Digital at Playboy

If you’re interested in learning more, you can view a trailer and the full documentary here:


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Since its founding in 2006, RealSelf has created the world's largest community for learning and sharing information about cosmetic surgery, dermatology, dentistry, and other elective treatments. Our extensive collections of reviews, photos, videos and doctor Q&A make RealSelf the most trusted resource for those who are looking for help beyond the beauty counter.

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