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Disease: Cellulite Cellulite
Category: Dermatological diseases

Disease Definition:

The fat that appears as dimpled skin on women's thighs, buttocks and hips is referred to as cellulite, which most women have. Cellulite can be unsightly and it may make a woman self-conscious when wearing shorts or a swimming suit, though it is not a serious medical condition.


Remarkable results are being advertised by many cellulite treatments, and these include cellulite creams or massages. However, the bad side is that most of these treatments don’t live up to their claims.

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Cellulite is sometimes described as skin with a cottage cheese or orange-peel texture, and it looks like dimpled or bumpy skin. The severity of cellulite ranges. In case the condition is mild, it can be seen only when the skin is pinched, when the dimpling appears in the pinched skin. The skin appears rumpled and bumpy with areas of peaks and valleys in more-severe cases. Cellulite can be found on the lower abdomen, upper arms and the breasts, though it is most common around the thighs and buttocks.


A woman can see her doctor or dermatologist if she's concerned about the appearance of her skin. But as a matter of fact, cellulite is considered a normal occurrence, as it isn't a serious medical condition and treatment isn't necessary.



Fibrous connective cords that connect the skin to the underlying muscle are the cause of cellulite. The skin becomes tethered by the cords to deeper structures, with the fat lying in between. While the long, tough cords are pulling down, the fat cells push up against the skin as they accumulate. This forms an uneven surface or dimpling. As a matter of fact, most women, 8 out of 10 at least, have some degree of cellulite. And cellulite is much more common in women than in men. Fat is typically distributed in women in the thighs, buttocks and hips, which are common areas for cellulite. Besides, with aging, when the skin loses some of its elasticity, cellulite is more common.


Cellulite may still be present in lean people, though weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable. Genetics may play the biggest role in whether a person develops cellulite as it tends to run in families.


A person’s chances of having cellulite may increase due to other factors, such as using hormonal contraceptives, stress and an inactive lifestyle. 






The most beneficial cellulite treatment may be weight loss through healthy diet and regular exercise. The appearance of the dimpled skin can be improved by losing pounds and strengthening the muscles in the legs, buttocks and thighs. However, the benefits of weight loss alone are limited. Cellulite won't go away completely, though it may be less noticeable after weight loss.



The most promising medical therapy may be lasers and radiofrequency systems. To treat cellulite, one system delivers combined tissue massage with diode laser energy, and the other system uses combined negative tissue massage, radiofrequency and infrared light. Cellulite can improve by both systems after a series of several twice-weekly treatments, and the results may last up to six months.



As a treatment for cellulite, some people may turn to liposuction, during which a narrow tube is inserted under the skin through tiny incisions, and the fat cells are suctioned out. Liposuction won't remove cellulite, and it may make the cellulite appear worse, though it can shape the body.


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