Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. The fat appears lumpy because it pushes against weakened connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
Dermatologists say that cellulite may affect up to 90% of women at some point in their lives.
Cellulite is often classified using four grades:
- Grade 0 – Smooth surface of skin while lying down and standing. Wrinkles upon pinch-test
- Grade 1 – Smooth surface of skin while lying down and standing. Mattress-phenomenon upon pinch-test.
- Grade 2 – Mattress-phenomenon spontaneously while standing.
- Grade 3 – Mattress-phenomenon spontaneously while standing and lying down.
Causes of cellulite
There are several contributing factors, to name a few:
- Hormonal factors – hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe oestrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.
- Genetics – certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
- Diet – people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fibre are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
- Lifestyle factors – cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
- Clothing – underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
- Slow metabolism
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