A RUSSIAN bodybuilder nicknamed Popeye is recovering after having six litres of vaseline surgically removed from his arms.
MMA fighter Kirill Tereshin, 23, was warned he could die or have to undergo a double amputation if he didn’t get rid of his ludicrous implants.
He injected highly dangerous synthol directly into his veins but was warned about his bodybuilding obsession.
Tereshin – who has received international attention for his fake muscles – will now go under the knife at least three more times.
He was persuaded to undergo urgent treatment by Alana Mamaeva, 32, a leading campaigner for victims of botched plastic surgery.
Tereshin uploaded a video of his arms after the surgery with lumps of flesh, he claims were muscle extracted from his body.
He said: “These are my treasures” and then added: “Get yourself a piece, it’s ‘sale’ time.”
He added: “It feels very weird, very unusual. My arm feels lighter.
“Now I am going through a rehab, soon we will proceed with the next surgery.”
Dr Dmitry Melnikov is extracted pounds of flesh and the petroleum oil the Russian injected to bizarrely bulk-up his triceps and biceps.
Holding one massive 3lb lump taken from one of Tereshin’s 24-inch arms, he said: “Here it is, scar tissue with fragments of muscles.”
In one video, the failed MMA fighter is seen asking the surgeon: “How many muscles have I lost?”
Melnikov, from Sechenov Moscow State Medical University, earlier warned him that he could die if the dodgy implants stayed.
After the surgery the medic told him: “The problem is that this is the petroleum jelly.
“You injected this so thoroughly, that it spread in the muscle and killed it.”
The surgeon later revealed: “We have done 25 per cent of the repairs.”
Afterwards, Tereshin will hopefully have arm movement but his fake muscles will be gone.
The Russian surgeon added: “Petroleum jelly saturates the muscles, under skin tissues and the skin itself.
“All that has to be removed, but we need to keep the vein, nerves and other functions of the limb.”
He warned: “Petroleum jelly is not designed for injection, only external application.
“Kirill injected about three litres into each arm. It saturated the muscle tissues, blocked blood flow.
“As a result the tissue dies and gets replaced with a scar which is as tough as a tree, you can even knock on it and hear the usual sound.”
The disastrous implants were causing him “high fever, strong pain, and weakness”.
He was “lucky” that the damage had remained only in his limbs and not spread to the rest of his body.
The doctor warned that women in Russia are increasingly using petroleum jelly for cheap beauty fixes.
“Unfortunately, this is not a rare case,” he said.
“In the whole our country women are often injected with petroleum jelly and so get disfigured.
“Instead of expensive plastic surgery, they agree to petroleum jelly injections and later come to us to remove it.
“We have seen petroleum jelly injected into breasts, buttocks, and other parts of the female body. We are warning that it is extremely dangerous.
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