What is Cellulite?

UNDERSTANDING CELLULITE

What is it and how does it form?

In addition to the hormonal reasons that may favor its appearance, cellulite results from both a build-up of fat in the adipose tissue(the hypodermic fat cells) and water retention around them (in the dermis and hypodermis). As the adipocytes get bigger the ‘envelopes’ containing them change shape and pull on their anchor points on the skin. This is what causes cellulite’s ‘orange peel’ effect.

This process is self-perpetuating because blood circulation is then slowed down causing stagnation of metabolic waste. These unsightly patches of cellulite can also be painful if the pressure inside these pockets of fat increases.

Why are women affected more than men by cellulite?

Because the fat structures of men and women do not react to fat increase in the same way.

For women, the hypodermis is partitioned vertically by the septa (mesh or net-like fibrous connective tissue forming a network of compartments). The subcutaneous fat cells are pushed upwards, and the septa are pushed downwards. As a result, the fat cells are squeezed into small bulges that translate into the lumps and ‘orange peel’ look of the skin.

Men’s fibrous septa is structured in oblique compartments. When the layer of fat increases there is no deformation.

How is it overcome?

Few people realize that unsightly patches of cellulite are not improved by either physical exercise or even the strictest weight-control diets.

To reactivate the adipose tissue and achieve a long-lasting elimination of cellulite, it must be stimulated.  Tissue that traps the adipocytes (fat cells) are softened and blood and lymphatic circulation is restarted.

Results: The fat release process (Lipolysis) is reactivated to naturally eliminate localized fat and imperfections.

The septa: Where cellulite originates…

The female hypodermis consists of small ‘recesses’ separated by parallel walls (septa). Due to fat and water which accumulate in these recesses, the walls are compressed, damaging the micro-circulation and the natural form of the cell. Because these walls are attached to the dermis they pull at the skin surface while our fat cells push towards the dermis. The result is a skin surface that takes on a bumpy, dimpled ‘orange-peel’ appearance. Over time, as the condition worsens, fat and water become wholly enclosed in a prison of hardened septa composed of fibrous connective tissue.

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