Did you know that nearly ninety percent of women over age 20 (and less than five percent of men) experience cellulite? In this article I’ll tell you what I’ve learned about cellulite and the best ways to treat it.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite has that dimpled, lumpy skin appearance much like an orange peel, usually of the thighs and buttocks of women over age 20. Let’s consider briefly the what skin structures are at work here.
You have three fat layers below the skin of your thighs and buttocks:
· subcutaneous fat, a.k.a. the hypodermis: this fat is 4-6 mm deep, just below the dermis layer of skin. This fat will protrude through an open wound or laceration. It is regulated by hormones, not diet and exercise. Here is where cellulite originates.
· superficial reserve fat: this is a tightly packed layer of fat just below the hypodermis
· deep reserve fat: this is loosely packed fat, and is easy to lose with exercise
Cellulite forms as pockets of fat in the hypodermis become surrounded by connective tissue bands, called septae. These septae are rigid collagen cross-links, arranged into chambers, which give the undesirable appearance of cellulite, and they are not something you can just diet-away.
In fact, cellulite is not more prevalent in obese people—cellulite actually tends to be less prominent in overweig