The appearance of cellulite is particularly upsetting, even though about 85% of women over the age of 20 experience the condition in varying degrees. Cellulite, which is also known as adiposis edematosa, is characterized by dimpled lumpy skin that appears to have fat deposits lying underneath its surface. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and can appear elsewhere on the body, including the abdomen, hips and arms.
Cellulite is a degenerative condition creating dimples and depressions within layers of the skin. It is caused by several physiological changes that occur as women age. These changes include an increase in the number or size of fat cells pushing up through the tissue beneath the skin, thin connective tissue under the skin that becomes stretched or distended as a result of aging or weight gain, and undulations caused by hardening of tissue underneath the skin.
What you may see:
Cellulite is often classified using three grades:
- Grade 1 cellulite – no clinical symptoms, but a microscopic examination of cells from the area detects underlying anatomical changes
- Grade 2 cellulite – the skin looks pasty, has lower temperature and decreased elasticity
- Grade 3 cellulite – the skin looks rough, like an orange peel, and is pasty, cooler and less elastic
How we can help:
Diet and exercise can help reduce your weight but neither can help you get rid of cellulite. We can treat your condition safely and nonsurgically with a host of methods: