Cellulite affects a large percentage of the female population and a smaller percentage of males as well. Often found on areas where adipose tissue is more dominant, such as the backs of the arms, stomach, thighs and buttocks, the visible effects of cellulite can negatively impact one’s body image and self-esteem. Covering up and hiding these trouble zones becomes a priority and social engagements that require revealing apparel, such as a day at the beach, are fraught with anxiety and embarrassment. Fortunately, there are medical aesthetic treatments and surgical procedures that can improve the look of cellulite.
The skin where cellulite is present acquires an orange-peel look accompanied by dimpling, lumps and bumps. Herniation of subcutaneous fat within our networks of supportive collagen and elastin fibres causes these fibres to compensate and behave like internal tacks, creating a dimpling effect on the skin’s surface.
There is no single determined cause for cellulite. It has a hereditary link and has been associated with smoking, weight gain and weight loss, hormonal factors, poor circulation and a diet mainly comprised of processed foods.