What is the cellulite?

Cellulite (also known as adiposis edematosa,dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, gynoid lipodystrophy, andorange peel syndrome) is the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skindimpling and nodularity, often on the pelvicregion (specifically the buttocks), lower limbs, and abdomen. Cellulite is a secondary sex characteristic occurring in most postpubescent females. A review gives a prevalence of 85%-98% of women, indicating that it is physiologic rather than pathologic. It can result from a complex combination of factors ranging from hormones to heredity.

 

Causes

The causes of cellulite include changes inmetabolism, physiology, diet and exercise habits, sex-specific dimorphic skin architecture, alteration of connective tissuestructure, hormonal factors, genetic factors, the microcirculatory system, the extracellular matrix, and subtle inflammatoryalterations.