Jean-Claude Van Damme GOOD GENES OR GOOD DOCS?

10/19/2014 12:05 AM PDT

Jean-Claude Van Damme: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Jean-Claude Van Damme's looks still kick ass.

Here's a 38-year-old version of the "Bloodsport" stud at a Los Angeles awards show back in 1998 (left) and 16 years later... the "The Expendables 2" brute -- who is celebrating his 54th birthday this weekend -- at a ceremony in Shanghai, China last summer (right).

What a knockout.

The question is...