What is Cellulite ?
Cellulite describes a condition that occurs mainly in adult women and may affect up to 90% of them, regardless of race, health condition or body weight. External characteristics are its specific location (lower buttocks, outer and posterior thighs and hips), tissue lumpiness, dryness and flabbiness of the skin. Although not defined as a pathologic condition, the presence of cellulite is an aesthetically disturbing problem for most women ages 18 and up and may cause significant psychological and self-esteem issues
How Cellulite Develops?
The process starts with the enlargement of naturally occurring fat cells that are located in the deeper areas of the skin. The gradual enlargement of these cells will compromise the circulatory system and obstruct the regional inflow of the nutrients and the outflow of the waste products. Fat cells inflate in the Hypodermis, adhere to each other and are pushed up to the Epidermis. The skin connective tissue gets weaker and loses elasticity. This will cause a gradual stiffening, contraction, and shortening of the surrounding connective tissue, resulting in tight fibrous bands (septae) and the entrapment of the enlarged fat cells and the inward pull of the over laying skin. Fluids containing toxins are not properly drained due to the damage to the lymphatic system and to the weakened skin connective tissue. The eventual outcome will be the creation of a rough, uneven, dimpled, and cottage cheese appearance in the areas of thigh, buttocks, stomach and arms.