As many as 90 per cent of adult women suffer from cellulite in some way or another. Cellulite is when the skin becomes dimpled, most commonly around the buttocks, stomach, upper thighs and arms. It’s caused when fatty deposits collect beneath the skin and push through the connective tissues above. This pressure creates the “lumpy” effect that is noticeable in the top layer of skin.
Although poor circulation is believed to exacerbate the issue, there is little you can do to stop the onset of cellulite. It has very little to do with diet, weight or any lack of exercise. It’s more about how our bodies store fat, which is determined by our own genetic make-ups. However, while women suffer from cellulite, it’s actually very rare in men because their bodies are structurally different. But it’s still not unknown for them to develop it.
Little is known about what causes cellulite. It involves fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between. As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.
In addition, hormonal factors play a large role in the development of cellulite, and genetics determine skin structure, skin texture and body type. Other factors, such as weight and muscle tone affect whether you have cellulite, though even very fit people can have it.
Fortunately, advanced techniques mean that the condition can be reversed, enabling you to feel more comfortable in your skin – and summer clothes – again. If cellulite is a concern for you, find out how you can make it a worry of the past.