Cellulite, cellulite, cellulite. It’s like an unwelcome visitor, something you try to dodge and avoid. But many clients ask questions about this pesky guest, so it’s high time to unveil the scientific facts versus the popular culture fiction of this annoying phenomenon. In this series, I will first look at the scientific facts about cellulite, then explore the mainstream opinions and dispel myths. Subscribe to the blog to get the updates in your inbox as they are released.
Cellulite is a condition whereby the skin appears to have some areas with underlying deposits of fat, which give the skin a lumpier and dimpled appearance. This condition normally occurs after puberty and is most noticeable in the thigh and buttock regions. In the medical field, this condition is referred to as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis derformans, status protrusus cutis, gynoid lipodystrophy or as orange peel syndrome. In colloquial language, it is known as the mattress phenomenon, hail damage, or cottage cheese skin.
This condition is classified in three grades:
- Grade one – In this stage, there are no clinical symptoms of the condition. However, microscopic examination of the cells in the area usually reveals anatomical alterations.
- Grade two – Skin begins to reveal pastiness and decreased elasticity.
- Grade three – All grade two signs and visible roughness of the skin.
Cellulite does affect both genders, though, it tends to occur more in females than males. This primarily has to do with the fact that females have particular types of connective tissues and fats. The reasons for the occurrence of cellulite have been a source of debate between us, and I will use this series to give a scientific view and layman’s view on the matter.
Cellulite is not a condition that results exclusively on being overweight. It affects both underweight and average people in equal measure. Due to this fact, cellulite management and weight loss are handled as separate issues. This unattractive superficial condition is least affected by exercise and diet. Even though doctors do recommend healthy and conscious eating patterns as an antidote for cellulite, this approach does not rid one of cellulite.
Want more info? I will continue my scientific investigation into cellulite in the second part of this series! Stay tuned!