Bodybuilding has been around since the late 19th century. People, especially men, have attempted to improve the cosmetic appearance of their bodies by building bigger muscles. They utilize weight lifting, supplements, and diet to achieve the perfect body. However, some want shortcuts for immediate gratification without putting in the necessary time and work.
Synthol is an injectable muscle enhancement oil comprised of oil, lidocaine, and alcohol.
Bodybuilders use Synthol to quickly increase the size of their muscles before competitions.
Synthol, while legal, is not safe or medically approved for muscle injection.
Synthol injections cause local and systemic side effects and even cause death.
If complications arise from Synthol injections, often surgery is the only option, and it is not guaranteed to reverse the problems.
These quick fixes — such as Synthol injections — have become a lucrative but dangerous business. Read on to learn why you should avoid Synthol injections.
What is Synthol?
Synthol is one of many types of site enhancement oils (SEO) that can be bought on the internet or made at home. Many inject these oils in conjunction with anabolic steroids. Synthol contains 85% oil, which is composed of medium chain triglycerides (MCT), 7.5% lidocaine for pain, and 7.5% alcohol to prevent infection.
It is often marketed as a "posing oil" to be rubbed on the body at competitions to give the skin a shiny appearance. However, many inject it into the muscles for an immediate increase in size. It has absolutely no medical value, only cosmetic use. Upon injection, the MCTs expand causing the muscles to increase in size.
Uses of Synthol
Synthol injections entered the market in 1996. Bodybuilders use them before competitions to immediately augment their muscle size without increasing their weightlifting programs. Synthol will not increase your strength, only cosmetically enlarging your muscle. It is a form of cosmetic doping that has become increasingly popular. Bodybuilders inject the oil deep into the muscles they want to enlarge, such as the biceps, triceps, deltoids, and calf muscles.
Are Synthol injections safe?
No, Synthol injections are not safe and have not been approved by the FDA. In fact, the FDA warns against these injections for body enhancements. No studies have found any benefits of Synthol.
Synthol is dangerous and causes many short and long-term side effects, including permanent complications and death. Often, these complications are irreversible, and patients suffer from life-long health issues and disfigurement. The disfigurement can lead to severe psychological debilitation and the need for long-term psychiatric care.
Side effects of Synthol
Synthol injections cause local and systemic side effects and complications. These appear immediately or months to years later. These complications require medical intervention and treatment and often lead to life-long medical issues.
Local side effects and complications include:
- Unnatural shape of the muscles and permanent disfigurement.
- Muscle hardening or myositis (pain and inflammation of the muscles).
- Painful cysts or lumps under the skin that can open up, drain, and become ulcers.
- Nerve damage leading to pain or loss of movement or sensation.
- Arterial occlusion leading to muscle and skin death.
Systemic side effects and complications include:
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack
- Lung damage
- Sepsis (infection in the bloodstream)
- Scleroderma (connective tissue disease that leads to skin hardening)
- Hypercalcemia, which can lead to kidney damage
Treatment for Synthol-related complications
Some medical and surgical interventions help treat some of the complications of Synthol injections. Nothing will correct the problems associated with Synthol 100%, and many must live the debilitating diseases and disfigurement for the rest of their lives if they survive. In acute cases, intravenous steroids and antibiotics help treat inflammation and infection. In cases of ulcers, compression therapy helps heal the skin. However, many acute and chronic cases require surgical removal of dead and damaged tissue.
If you want big muscles, there are no healthy shortcuts. Proper diet and exercise routines are the key to success. Synthol injections are not medically approved and can lead to significant health consequences and even death. If you want to improve your appearance, talk to your doctor, nutritionist, and trainer for safe and proper help.
Is Synthol permanent?
Yes, Synthol injections are permanent. Surgical removal of damaged tissue helps improve the quality of life of some patients. However, in some cases, permanent and irreversible damage occurs despite medical and surgical interventions.
Is Synthol the same as steroids?
No, Synthol is not the same as anabolic steroid injections. Anabolic steroids are an FDA-approved medication used to treat certain hormonal problems, as well as combat weight loss in cancer patients. Many bodybuilders abuse anabolic steroids with a weight-lifting program to augment muscle gain and strength. Synthol is an unapproved cosmetic enhancement oil injected into muscles to enlarge them quickly but without an increase in strength.
Is Synthol legal?
Companies that sell Synthol market it as a "posing oil" to give your body a shiny appearance during competitions. Many obtain Synthol legally on the Internet for this purpose. However, some people inject it into their muscles to enlarge them rapidly without having to work out in the gym.
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