As common as cellulite is, there’s also an awful lot of misinformation out there about what it is. Find out a few facts about cellulite below.
Cellulite is a term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. In aesthetic medicine, it refers to non-aesthetic conditions in women associated with changes in the subcutaneous fat layer. Most often, it is concentrated in the thigh and buttocks area.
Common names for cellulite are, Michelin, cottage-cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon.
‘Michelin’ formation can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.
Did you know that between 80 and 90 percent of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives?
Today, we divide cellulite into 4 stages, each of which has its own characteristics and, respectively, treatment methods.
Stage 1-The skin of the affected area is smooth when the woman is standing or lying down, but there are ripples or distinctive changes when she contracts a muscle or squeezes the skin with her hand.
Stage 2-The cellulite becomes visible without squeezing the skin or contracting the buttocks.
Stage 3- Changes are the same as in stage 2, but there are also elevated and hollow areas and nodules.
Stage 4- The skin is covered with lots of nodules and cavities, in some areas, it can be swollen and have a cyanotic colour due to weak blood circulation.
It might interest you to know that, the exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it.
Also, certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, ethnicity, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.
However, reducing fat intake will mean having less fat to push through the tissues. Eating a healthful, balanced diet and exercising may, therefore, reduce the appearance of cellulite.