Is Cellulite just a prettier name for fat or something more serious?
There are several common and not so common names used for cellulite. Your doctor may call it…
• Peau d'orange or orange peel syndrome
• Adiposis edematosa
• Gynoid lipodystrophy
• Status protrusus cutis
• Dermopanniculosis deformans.
Usually, cellulite is found on the lower limbs, abdomen region and/or buttocks in most post-pubescent females. It is a form of fat in the subcutaneous skin region that resembles the appearance of dimpling in the lower areas of the body. Recent studies have shown that cellulite is a natural component the skin and not to be confused with a disease.
Cellulite should not be confused with cellulitis. Cellulite pertains to the dimpling of the skin due to fat. Cellulitis is the inflammation or infection of the connective tissues of the skin. Cellulitis is a serious condition and should not be ignored. If the area you are concerned about is red and warm, seeing a doctor is advisable.
The term cellulite was used in the 1920s to promote spa and beauty treatments. By 1960, it could be found in several English fashion publications and the challenge of the medical community began to disassociate cellulite as a serious condition. Today reducing cellulite on any part of the body can be found in fashion as well as health magazines, especially as beach weather approaches. Luckily, the classic medical view now is that cellulite is a normal part of aging. To avoid the appearance of the peau d'orange, people will sample anything to help.
• Age – As one advances in years there are anatomical changes in the body, mainly seen in postpubescent females. Cellulite can affect both sexes, but it seems to be seen more often in females.
• Genetics – Some individuals are predisposed to certain characteristics associated with cellulite. Slow metabolisms, circulatory insufficiency, gender, and heredity are significant factors that may lead to the occurrence of cellulite.
• Hormonal Factors – Hormones such as estrogen, thyroid hormones, insulin, prolactin, and noradrenaline are all the main parts of the production process of cellulite.
• Lack of Exercise – People who tend to sit, or stand all day for extensive amount of time seem to find higher incidence of cellulite, if they do not add exercise to their daily routines.
• Poor diet – A diet that consists of too many carbohydrates, fat, and salt along with a diet devoid of fiber contribute to higher amounts of cellulite.
• Smoking – Cellulite is more prevalent in smokers, particularly those who do not engage in routine exercise.
• Diet – Maintaining a balanced diet loaded with fiber, fresh fruits, low in fat and devoid of preservatives contributes to minimizing the incidence of cellulite. Avoiding fast food by adding fresh fruits and vegetables to one’s diet can assist in controlling cellulite.
• Exercise – Maintaining a regular exercise schedule will help with maintaining a healthy weight. Maintaining muscle tone as well as a low fat diet will lower the incidence of cellulite.
• Injections, Massages, Supplements and Topical lotions – There are claims everywhere that cellulite can be cured or lessened by using certain products. People have tried various cures by injecting themselves, swallowing supplements, or applying special lotions to rid themselves of cellulite. To date the most effective way to reduce cellulite is to eat a healthy diet, low in fat, and maintaining and regular exercise program to help reduce the fat in the cells that are prone to cause cellulite.
Obesity is not the cause of cellulite. Even thin people can develop the dimply skin of cellulite. If a person is overweight, losing weight may diminish the signs of cellulite. The prevailing beliefs on cellulite are that as women age the muscle layer thins, the base layer becomes weaker and loses stability beneath the fat. The fat under the skin begins to pucker and wrinkle due to this lack of balance, failing to maintain the skin’s young smooth appearance.