Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of the skin that is commonly seen in stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Cellulite is much more common in women (affecting 80 to 90 percent of females) than in men because of differences in the way fat, muscle, and connective tissues are distributed in men's and women's skin. It can affect all ages from teenage and beyond.
The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath the skin, leading to the characteristic changes in appearance of the skin. Cellulite has been medically referred to as edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy (EFP). Cellulite is thought to occur due to shrinkage or shortening of the fibrous tissue cords that anchor the skin.
Cellulite occurs in people of all races living all around the globe no matter the size of the person. Although female hormones may play a role in contributing to this pattern of fat distribution, cellulite is not treatable by hormone therapy.
There are different types of cellulite:
- Adipose cellulite is the firm cellulite, orange peel effect
on the loose skin.
- Oedematous cellulite is fluid retention, soft cellulite
often on loose skin.
- Fibrotic cellulite is hard, compact cellulite with
orange peel effect.
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