The whole purpose of bodybuilding is to make your muscles stronger and larger with strength exercises. Can we have the purpose without the same mean? Well, not really. We have seen bodybuilders increase their weight and muscle in the course of several months with exercising and the use of common steroids (selective androgen receptor modulators – SARMs and anabolic androgenic steroids – AAS), but this too requires hard work. Some people are impatient to see the fruits of that work, so they decide to take a shortcut called site enhancement oils – SEOs, which basically make their muscles balloon up in size in a couple of hours. We will try to answer many of the questions that are arising regarding SEOs.
What Is Synthol?
This is the most commonly used site enhancement oil, developed in the late 20th century by Chris Clark, a German bodybuilder. Synthol’s formula is made of the ingredients which are supposed to minimize the pain and discomfort, while augmenting the muscles in which it is injected. It contains 85% oil (medium chain triglycerides), 7.5% benzyl alcohol (disinfectant/sterilizer) and 7.5% lidocaine (local anesthetic/painkiller).
Are Professional Bodybuilders Using It?
Although the use of synthol is most commonly linked to amateurs, there are professional bodybuilders using it. However, unlike the people who use SEO to enlarge their muscles without any kind of training, professionals inject a small amount of synthol into smaller muscles (deltoids, biceps, triceps and calves), because they are hard to develop by training at the same pace as other muscles do. The essence is in creating balance with larger muscles, such as chest and back. The professional usage of site enhancement oil is done by a schedule and a set of rules, and in majority of the cases results in natural appearance, but even they can go too far.
Are People (Ab)Using It?
Plain and simple: Yes. Imagine a man binge-watching TV Show Spartacus and dreaming about having gladiator muscles. He will work on it – just as soon as this next episode ends. Or not? He wants the results right away, so he decides to inject synthol. The oil bags, especially when used by amateurs, however, look unnatural, ridiculous and fake, because unlike bodybuilders which are injecting them into already muscular body, they are injecting it into unfit and unprepared body. Yes, the muscles can appear larger, but no one will trust they have done their Spartacus trainings.
What Can Go Wrong?
There are many possible side effects of site enhancement oils. Some of them appear fast and disappear even faster. The instant and transitory side effects usually are local redness, pressure and swelling. Those more severe can be painful muscle fibrosis, blood vessel leak, cyst and cystic scar tissue, skin rupture, nerve damage and complete halt of natural muscle regeneration. These were just direct and standard side effects, but there are also those which are painfully frightening and those which are sneaking up to synthol users, and piling up in his body until they explode. According to the expert knowledge and advice of employees working in plastic surgery Sydney center, some of these side effects can induce serious damage; subsequently, an operation might be necessary for the resolution of the subject matter. The most severe negative outcomes caused by the use of oil bags are inflammation of the blood vessels, damage of connective tissue, clogs and blocks of the pulmonary artery, etc. The most terrifying indirect consequences can be bacterial infections which can result in infecting the body’s entire lymph vessels system. Site enhancement oils are also suggested to be able to stop the blood flow to the brain, thus causing a cerebral stroke.
Did Something Ever Go Wrong?
Yes. There are actually many stories about the dreadful consequences of using synthol. One of them is a 29-year-old bodybuilder who was injecting the SEO into his biceps for about 4 years. He came to a doctor reporting severe muscle pain. As it turned out, muscles inside his biceps have separated and holes with oil in between developed. The doctors had no other choice but to amputate a part of his biceps. And this is just one of the cases.
The lesson? Large muscles occur as a result of hard work, instead being ballooned up overnight – no pain, no gain.