What is cellulite? How is formed?

Cellulite is the term given to dimpled, lumpy skin on the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Cellulite is formed as fat cells accumulate and push up against the skin creating an uneven lumpy surface. It is composed entirely of normal fat cells and is not necessarily a sign of obesity or inactivity. What most people don’t know is that even skinny people tend to get cellulite. Cellulite is normally more common in women than men because they have more subcutaneous fat.

Here are some common causes of cellulite:

  • Poor diet.
  • Fad dieting.
  • Slow metabolism.
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • Hormone changes.
  • Dehydration.
  • Total body fat.
  • Thickness and color of your skin.

No single treatment for cellulite is entirely effective. The following treatments might improve the appearance of cellulite, at least temporarily: laser and radiofrequency systems, liposuction, mesotherapy, vigorous massage and cellulite creams.

Lifestyle changes (activities and low fat diet), may help reduce the incidence of cellulite.


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