Cellulite characteristics

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is not just a cosmetic problem, but it is a metabolic disorder characterized by an the alteration of adipose tissue cells (adipocytes), which, having a deficient drainage, become inflamed, enlarged and more rigid than normal.

Cellulite becomes a circulatory and lymphatic problem, besides the consequent aesthetic problem

Cellulite is a very common complaint among women, and one of the main sources of personal concern, since most often it can appear from adolescence.

More than 90 % of women have it in a certain degree once they attain puberty

Men are not so likely to suffer it, except in some cases related with sexual male hormones problems (androgens deficiency)

What areas of the body are most often exposed to cellulite?

thighs and stomach are especially susceptible to accumulate fat, because in these areas the skin is attached to the muscle by a mesh structure. When fat increases, focuses on the gaps between the skin and muscle, causing the dimples associated with cellulite.

How does cellulite occur?

Cellulite in the legs

Cellulite in the legs

This takes place in four phases:

  • First stage: The drainage area starts malfunctioning. At this stag, there are not very noticeable signs of cellulite.
  • Second stage: The connective tissue begins to overload, which causes the drainage of the area to be deficient because the capillaries are compressed. During this phase, zone edema occurs.
  • Third phase: The lymphatic system begins to be congested; poor drainage in the affected areas is installed and nodules form, what are popularly called ” dimples “.
  • Fourth phase: as the tissue becomes denser, it becomes fibrous, more compacted and trapping capillaries and nerve endings. This makes the passage of nutrients to be defective and causes pain.

As there is a poor oxygenation and nutrition, poisoning occurs because the area retains waste substances.

Types of Cellulite

The following types of cellulite according to the ” dimples ” texture can appear:

  • Flaccid cellulite
  • Edematous cellulite
  • Hard Cellulite

Symptoms of Cellulite

The main symptoms of cellulitis include:

  • Feeling of heaviness in the legs by stagnant liquid, tingling. accumulation of waste material in the cells or simply asymptomatic (Edematous cellulitis)
  • Formation of nodules, Persistence marks of finger pressure can be observed on the affected area. Inability to smooth sliding the fingers on the diseased area. (Fibrous cellulitis)
  • Emergence, usually on the side of the thighs and buttocks in the same, some irregular lumps (what is known as orange peel). (Sclera Cellulite or Hard Cellulite)

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

3 April, 2019

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