What Causes Cellulite?
In ordinary everyday language, cellulite is known as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, hail damage, or even the mattress phenomenon. To physicians, however, such as Dr. Kotis, it is known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy.
Having cellulite doesn’t mean you are overweight, even thin people can have cellulite. Although if you are overweight, losing weight may help to reduce your problems with cellulite. So the question is, what causes cellulite?
No matter what you call it, cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits. This gives it a dimpled, lumpy appearance, which is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty. According to dermatologists, cellulite may affect up to 90 percent of women at some point in their lives. Cellulite can affect both sexes, but it is much more common in women than in men, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue.
From a medical perspective, cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker, which is why most people want to get rid of it, because of the way it affects one’s appearance.