Arlindo de Souza has grown 29in biceps – the biggest in Brazil – after injecting the filler into his body, where it causes appearance of swollen muscles.Mr de Souza, who is single and lives with his elderly mother, Josefa Gomes de Souza, in Olinda on the coast of Brazil’s Pernambuco state admits it can cause dangerous infections. Some users have had their arms amputated. Others have died.
‘My friend Paulinho, he passed away from doing these things.I felt his death a lot. He took it, I took it, but he went beyond the limit. I advise no-one to take this oil.The guy gave it to me. He said, “Take this, it will make you grow in days”.I loaded the syringe, put it in my arm, injected it and it swelled me up right there and then.
‘To tell you the truth, I didn’t feel a thing. There was sometimes a bit of dizziness but nothing apart from that.I was working out the same so my strength stayed the same – nothing changed.
‘Most people who take it do not know how to apply it. They will use just any old blood vessel. Some will end up loosing an arm, another needs an operation, some may even lose their lives.
Reasons why someone would disfigure themselves like this is just beyond me.
‘I’ve stopped taking it, and other things as well, but there is always that will to start again. But I’m managing to control myself, to this day.’