Cellulite – it’s something that no woman wants, yet most women have. Women who have cellulite often feel alone in their battle – as if they were the only ones in the world suffering from cellulite. But the reality is that over 90 percent of women have it! It starts to develop mostly after the age of 25, and it can generate a constant battle throughout the rest of a woman’s life.
But what exactly is cellulite and is there a treatment for it?
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a cosmetic issue that is characterized by a dimpling of the skin. It does not discriminate, and it affects women of all races and ages. It is often classified as the ‘cottage cheese’ syndrome, as it can sometimes cause the texture of the skin to resemble cottage cheese. It can be found all over the body, but is most commonly found on the lower abdomen, the thighs, and the buttocks.
What causes Cellulite?
Before we can understand what causes cellulite, we need to take a look at the structure of our skin. Our skin consists of three main layers:
- The epidermis – the layer that we can see and that we commonly call our ‘skin’.
- The dermis – This is the layer that contains all of our blood vessels which help to regulate circulation.
- The subcutaneous – This is the deepest layer of skin and is composed of fat and other types of cells.
It is the subcutaneous layer that we can blame for our cellulite woes. It is when the fat cells within this layer expand that the ‘cottage cheese’ syndrome arises. Having said this, it may surprise you to know that cellulite is not just a concern for those who are overweight. It is the change of structure in connective tissues that causes cellulite, not weight gain. As such, someone with a skinny body could have just as much, or even more, cellulite on their body than a person with a larger frame.
Is there a cure for cellulite?
The treatments shown in the sidebar on the right under ‘Solutions for cellulite’ are claimed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. The merits of each one are discussed in the related pages.