Cellulite is a term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin.
Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.
The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin and the layer of fat that is just below it.
In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically.
If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite.
In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why are less likely to have cellulite than women. Around 85% of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives.
There are three grades of cellulite:
It can be something that a patient will be very conscious of and can restrict clothing choice and attendance at certain events and gatherings such as sports participation or beach trips.
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