WHAT IS CELLULITE?
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
CAUSES OF CELLULITE
Cellulite is the lumpy substance resembling cottage cheese that is commonly found on the thighs, stomach, and butt.
Cellulite is actually a fancy name for collections of fat that push against the connective tissue beneath a person’s skin, which causes the surface of the skin to dimple or pucker and look lumpy.
The causes are poorly understood, and several changes in metabolism and physiology may cause cellulite or contribute to cellulite.
Among these are a disorder of water metabolism, abnormal hyper polymerization of the connective tissue, and chronic venous insufficiency. Another factor that contributes to the development of cellulite is due to aging.
SIGNS AND SYMTOMS
Signs of cellulite are relatively easy to recognize. The condition is characterized by fat deposits under the skin that cause an uneven, lumpy, dimpled appearance.
Cellulite is more common in women and usually occurs in a localized area of the body, such as on the stomach, thighs, hips, and buttocks. It also can occur in other areas, including the breasts, upper arms, back, and neck.
Areas of the body affected by cellulite often are described as resembling cottage cheese or an orange peel. In mild cases, the dimpling only is noticeable when the skin is pinched or compressed. Other symptoms include thickened skin, a cool feel to the skin, and broken blood vessels.