As we search for the elusive “Fountain of Youth,” nothing strikes a nerve quite like “cellulite.” The term “cellulite” was coined by a fashion magazine. That alone ought to be enough to raise questions on this touchy topic
Our goal here is to give an overview of the facts about “cellulite” with the intention of educating people. We do not make any endorsements or recommendations about any products or treatments mentioned or discussed. We want to give you the pros and cons of different arguments and encourage you to make your own decisions.
Nearly two decades ago it was reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that "there is no medical condition known or described as cellulite in this country.”
If there is no official medical word for the condition does that mean there is a cure? Or does that mean that it does not exist? Considering the thousands of procedures and products that strive to mitigate the condition there must be people who believe it can be cured.
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite describes fat deposits under the skin that give the skin a dimpled or orange-peel like appearance. Cellulite occurs most often in women because of the arrangement of fat in large chambers separated by columns of collagen fibers.
Your skin is connected to deeper tissue layers by fibrous strands of tissue. This creates compartments for fat cells. When those fat cells increase in size, the compartments bulge. This produces the dimpling appearance of your skin.
Excess fat is stuffed in these areas in overweight people. This causes the compartments to bulge. On the skin surface skin the bulging appears as the dimples we call cellulite. This is most commonly seen in the hips, thighs or buttocks. Cellulite has a genetic predisposition so it is possible for thin women to develop cellulite. Other factors such as hormones, pregnancy, and aging may be part of the weakening of collagen fibers to create the cellulite “look”.
Some people who are diagnosed as morbidly obese may not have any cellulite symptoms and they may not be genetically predisposed to the condition. Keep in mind that even though it is unsightly, cellulite is normal for many women and men.
The dimpling is less obvious with people who have thicker skin. That strengthens the position that it originates with genetic composition. As our bodies age, our skin gets thinner and that is a part of the natural aging process.
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