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Cellulite is a cosmetic problem affecting many people of all races worldwide, characterised by the dimpled appearance of skin.  The appearance of cellulite has been compared to an orange peel as well as a cottage cheese appearance due to the change in texture of the skin. Cellulite can occur in many different places on the body although it is most commonly found on the buttocks, thighs and lower abdomen.

To fully appreciate exactly how cellulite is caused, it is useful to understand exactly how the skin is structured.  The skin is composed of three main layers. The first layer, the epidermis, is the upper most layer and is the layer that most people call the ‘skin’. The second layer, the dermis, is the layer that contains all of the blood vessels the skin requires to maintain good circulation and nutrient exchange. The final layer, the subcutaneous layer, is where the problem of cellulite originates from. This layer has a high concentration of fat cells, also known as adipocytes. These fat cells are generally separated into compartments by connective tissue fibres.

The cause of the appearance of cellulite is due to the expansion of these fat cells within the subcutaneous layer of the skin. In the skin, parallel connective tissue fibres known as septae are present that act as scaffolding to keep the different compartments of the skin in place. Once these become distorted fat cells are able to move and push against the epidermal layer of the skin. This causes the lumpy and uneven appearance known as cellulite. This expansion of the adipocytes is what leads to the uneven skin appearance as well as causing a reduction in circulation which reduces metabolic exchange, further exacerbating the problem. Considering that cellulite and fat are heavily correlated, it may surprise you to learn that cellulite is not just a weight related issue. Even a woman who is of average weight and therefore relatively skinny in appearance can suffer from cellulite. It is the change in the structure of the connective tissues that is important and for some people this change can arise with far less fat than it may take in someone else.

There is in fact not just one type of cellulite but actually two different types of cellulite that are considered to exist. One type is cellulite that arises from a pinch or compression of tissue either in the thighs or the buttocks area. This is a type that can be seen for example when the legs are crossed against each other and a dimpled appearance of the skin becomes visible, due to a compression of different fat cell compartments beneath the skin. The second type of cellulite is that which is visible when a person is in a standing position.  When people discuss cellulite, this is what people usually envision and therefore is the type people most commonly think the term ‘cellulite’ means.

As cellulite is purely a cosmetic problem this means that there are no other more serious symptoms or risks to your health if you happen to suffer from it. Nonetheless it is highly recognised that although cellulite may not be a serious physical illness, the psychological distress that can be caused may be quite severe in some cases and significantly impact upon the lives of these sufferers. Some women begin to start self loathing and when this happens, something desperately needs to be done. If you are able to live with it, you will probably save yourself a lot of time and money. On the other hand, if the look of your cellulite disgusts you then plenty of options are out there to help you regain your smooth skin and awaken a new, confident you.

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