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cellulite

What is Cellulite?

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Cellulite is also known as orange-peel skin due to its appearance and affects 80 to 90 percent of women. Cellulite is a term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin.

Common names for cellulite are orange-peel skin, cottage-cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon.

Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.

Between 80% to 90% of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives.

Grades of Cellulite

A cellulite severity scale ranks the condition using three grades: Grade 1, or mild: There is an “orange-peel” appearance, with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions, and a slightly “draped” or sagging appearance to the skin. Grade 2, or moderate: There are between five and nine medium-depth depressions, a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.

Grade 3, or severe: There is a “mattress” appearance, with 10 or more deep depressions, and the skin is severely draped.

Causes

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it. In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite. In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why are less likely to have cellulite than women. Some other factors appear to be linked to the chance of having cellulite.

Hormonal Factors and Age

Hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Estrogeninsulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases. Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. 

These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results. Age also causes the skin to become less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This increases the chance of cellulite developing.

Treatment and Removal

Several therapies have been suggested for removing cellulite, but none have been very good. We offer the newest injection technique for remove cellulite. The treatments are once a month to reduce or eliminate cellulite. We also recommend skin tightening with Exilis Ultra while the cellulite is being eliminated.