What is cellulite?

Cellulite refers to the appearance of dimpling on the thighs, buttocks and hips. While cellulite can occur in men, this is extremely rare. It is most commonly found in women.

What causes cellulite?

The body stores much of its fat under the skin. This fat is separated into compartments by strands of connective fibres.

When these compartments become enlarged, they bulge, pressing the fat against the skin resulting in the lumpy appearance.

As women tend to have more taut fibres and thinner skin then men, the fat between the fibres is more likely to bulge. This explains why so many women have cellulite, as opposed to men.

There are a number of reasons why women get cellulite including:

  • The amount of fat in their skin.
  • Their age.
  • Their genetic predisposition to developing cellulite.
  • The very fact that they are female.

Does cellulite only affect overweight or obese people?

No. As everybody has fat in their skin, everybody can develop cellulite, even the thinnest of women.

What can I do if I have cellulite?

There is on-going debate about how exactly to get rid of cellulite. Some even question whether this is possible. However there are a number of things you can try if you have cellulite:

  • Eat a low-fat diet. If you have less fat in you body, the cellulite may not appear as pronounced.
  • Take regular exercise. This can also reduce the level of fat in your body.
  • There are various anti-cellulite creams available. Whether these actually work or not is a matter of debate. You should consult your doctor if you plan to use such a cream.
  • Some people believe that massaging the affected areas may help. Again whether this works or not is undetermined.

Can liposuction help?

No. Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which fat is vacuumed from under the skin. However it does not work on cellulite. In fact it can actually worsen the appearance of the skin.

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