Cellulite is a normal part of aging, and can affect both skinny and heavier set people, normally forming on the thighs and buttocks, and sometimes other locations on the body. Usually its onset is at the age of 25, but it can start at even younger ages. It is a state where the skin dimples and appears lumpy in manifestation.
Some nicknames for this occurrence over the years have been cottage cheese, orange peel skin, hail damage, and mattress phenomenon, leaving an even more harsh reputation for cellulite.
It occurs from fat deposits fighting their way through connective tissue, making such an appearance on one’s skin.
As a result, both genders can develop it, however, because of varying hormones in the female body and heightened cortisol levels, women tend to portray more signs of cellulite than their counterparts. It is also due to the different fat, connective tissue, and muscle distribution among men versus women. 80 to 90 percent of women actually face cellulite at one point or another in life.
Thought the precise cause of cellulite is still unknown, it seems to be stemming from the relationship between the fat, connective tissue, and the skin directly atop of them.
Women tend to have fat cells in the layers beneath their skin forming in a vertical fashion, creating such cellulite appropriation.
Conversely, men exemplify cellulite in a crisscross formation, which tends to look less apparent than that of women’s.
Age and Hormonal Factors
With age, comes skin thinning, less elasticity, and sagging, which demonstrates fat cells underneath, as dimpling.
Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, prolactin, and thyroid hormones in control of cortisol levels, are likely the biggest players in the advancement of cellulite.
It is not completely clear yet, but a common theory is that when estrogen levels reduce in aging women leading up to menopause, the blood flow to the tissues under the skin also depreciates. If this is the case, then as a result, lowered circulation supplies less oxygen-rich blood to the sites, leading to depleting natural collagen production by the body.
Fat cells also grow bigger as estrogen drops within the endocrine system (hormonal system). As the fat under the skin makes itself more visible through this weakened connective tissue, dimples begin to show.
Even though and contrary to some belief, toxins do not create cellulite, improving your diet and lifestyle may aid in limiting your risk of acquiring it. Yes, individuals whom tend to eat too much fat, salt, carbohydrates, and too little fiber, tend to have more cellulite, but those persons usually also tend to exercise minimally or not at all.
Also, cigarette smokers and those who have a job or habit of sitting for extended hours several days a week, have a higher incidence rate of cellulite.
Did You Know?
Underwear that has tight elastic inhibits proper blood flow in the buttocks and thigh region, leading to the formation and more pronounced cellulite?
Grades of Cellulite
- Grade 1 (Mild): Small, orange peel stage, with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions, and a slight sagging to the skin.
- Grade 2 (Moderate): These are between five and nine medium-depth depressions, looking like cottage cheese, with skin appearing moderately draped.
- Grade 3 (Severe): There is a mattress look to the cellulite, with ten or more deep depressions. The skin is severely draped in this grade.
Treatment and Cure
* Results of this treatment may vary from person to person.