A BRAZILIAN once nicknamed “skinny dog” has injected so much cosmetic filler into his body that he’s compared to the Incredible Hulk and He-Man.
But bodybuilder Valdir Segato is risking his life, pumping up his muscles with a dangerous concoction that he’s addicted to using, to transform his looks.
The 48-year-old, from Sao Paulo, boasts biceps boosted to a scary 23 inches, thanks to years of using – and abusing – synthol, a mixture of oil, alcohol and painkillers.
Valdir regularly injects the oil mixture deep into his body, including his chest, biceps and shoulders, making his muscles swell and almost double in size.
Synthol is known to cause nerve damage, infections, ulcers, strokes and even death.
Despite doctors warning the bodybuilder that he could die from the dangerous practice, Valdir is determined to become the biggest guy in his street.
He shares his obsession with injecting the substance on his Instagram page, posting photos and videos of his pumped up body to his 18,600 followers.
His ultra pumped-up look is a far cry from black-and-white pics taken when he was a scrawny lad.
According to TN International, when Valdir was a child, he was so thin that pals nicknamed him “skinny dog”.
The website explains that as a youth, he became addicted to drugs and causing his weight to drop drastically.
But he now likes to have admirers on social media compare him to idols such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Hulk.
While some concerned followers have begged him to stop, saying he is making himself look “ugly”, others congratulate his fake muscular bulk, telling him “well done” for his “absolute beast of a transformation”.
His muscles are now twice as big as when he first started using the life-threatening substance back in 2013.
The construction worker isn’t the only bodybuilder dicing with death to enhance his looks.
Bodybuilder Kirill Tereshin, an ex-soldier who wanted to become a real-life Popeye, has recently had lumps of rotting muscle removed from his bulging arms.
The Russian 23-year-old, had been injecting his triceps and biceps with petroleum oil, which ended up saturating muscle tissue and blocking blood flow, according to his surgeon.
Dr Dmitry Melnikov said there’s been a tidal wave of women in Russia injecting themselves with petroleum jelly, to avoid the cost of plastic surgery.
He said: “We have seen petroleum jelly injected into breasts, buttocks, and other parts of the female body. We are warning that it is extremely dangerous.”
What is Synthol and is it dangerous?
Synthol injections are used for the short-term enhancement of muscle appearance by some bodybuilders wanting to quickly bulk up their physique.
The ‘site enhancement oil’ is composed of 85 per cent oil – for example sesame or walnut oil, or sometimes even paraffin.
This is topped with 7.5 per cent lidocain (painkiller) and 7.5 per cent alcohol to sterilise the mixture.
It’s used as a temporary implant, and is injected deeply into muscles – intramuscular injections.
According to NCBI, synthol is used in small groups of muscles to enlarge their volume, for example triceps, deltoids, and calf muscles.
Research Gate explains that this type of enhancement oil was introduced in 1899 for breast augmentation, and to pump out facial wrinkles.
Both websites warn that while the injected muscle undergoes immediate enlargement, it can result in deformity, where the muscle becomes unnaturally shaped.
There is also the risk of sustaining nerve damage, infections, cerebral stroke, acute lung injury and respiratory distress – particularly if people accidentally inject their veins.
These so-called enhancement oils don’t actually increase muscular strength, or performance, and are only injected for cosmetic purposes.
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