Cellulite is the term used to refer to the dimpling of the skin on the buttocks and thighs that occurs when fat underneath the skin pushes through the loose connective tissue in the skin. Read more...
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What is cellulite?
Cellulite is the term used to refer to the dimpling of the skin on the buttocks and thighs that occurs when fat underneath the skin pushes through the loose connective tissue in the skin. It results in the ‘lumpy bumpy’ appearance of the skin.
Why do some people have more than others? Does everyone have some amount of cellulite?
It is common- estimates show that well over 80-90% of women have it! This appearance can look worse when bloated or with extra fluid in our soft tissue.
Does perimenopause and/or menopause impact the occurrence, presence, and impact of existing cellulite?
The lower estrogen levels that come with menopause are one of the most important factors that contribute to the development of cellulite. Lower estrogen leads to changes in circulation and a decrease in the production of collagen and elastic fibers. With poor circulation comes excess fluid build-up in the soft tissue. With less collagen the connective tissue in the skin that holds the adipose or fat, fat slips through and looks lumpy and bumpy on the surface. Think of collagen as containing the fat or holding it in. Less elasticity gives the skin a tissue paper-like wrinkling not the surface to worse the appearance.
If cellulite only starts to appear after 45/50, is there anything different to note about it?
No real difference technically other than one factor. The thinning of the skin as we age does not help the appearance of cellulite. Pre-menopausal treatment tends to be more effective for this reason.
Does diet/exercise affect cellulite?