Understanding the Science of Cellulite

Cellulite, also known as cottage cheese or orange peel, affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men worldwide. Clients often ask us about the origins of cellulite. Is it hereditary? Or does it have to do with their weight? Could it be their diet perhaps? Let’s take a closer look at the science behind the appearance of bumpy, lumpy fat in the arms, thighs, and bottoms.

A quick lesson on anatomy
cellulite treatmentThe skin is comprised of three layers. Columns of fibrous tissue surrounded by fat cells can be found beneath these layers. In women, these columns (also known as septi) are arranged vertically making it easier for pockets of fat tissues to bulge in between the septi. The result is the dimpled look common in people with cellulite. The structure of these connective tissues in women look like a picket fence while in men they look like a cross-linked fence. This is one of the reasons why cellulite is more common in women than men. Generally, cellulite has far less to do with your weight — it has mainly to do with the structure and composition of your fat cells, collagen, and the surrounding fibrous tissues.

Apart from the structural differences of connective tissues between men and women, the following factors have also been strongly linked to cellulite:

  • Estrogen, the dominant hormone in women, influences how the body stores fat in the thighs, hips, buttocks, and stomach.
  • A diet heavy in highly processed carbs and salt is also linked to worsening the appearance of cellulite.
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Dehydration
  • Health issues that result to poor circulation in the extremities

Cellulite solutions at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics
The Northcoast Laser Cosmetics team offers a personalized treatment approach to cellulite. Treatments will be tailored based on the degree of cellulite you have, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences. Call us at 440.639.3223 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

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