WHAT IS CELLULITE & HOW DOES IT FORM?

What is cellulite & how does it form

 

Have you noticed cellulite somewhere on your body? You're not alone. Cellulite affects nearly 90% of women at some point during their lives – even women who are very fit. As common as cellulite is, there is a lot of misinformation about what cellulite is and how to get rid of it. So, before spending money on expensive or potentially risky treatments, read on to discover all you need to know regarding what is cellulite and how does it form.

WHAT IS CELLULITE?

Cellulite is subcutaneous fat. This means that it’s situated under your skin.

When this fat pushes up towards the top layer of your skin through your connective tissue, it gives your skin the dimpled appearance, known as cellulite.

Cellulite is most common in the buttocks and thigh areas, but can also appear on your arms, belly and hips.

WHAT IS CELLULITE?

WHY DO WOMEN GET MORE CELLULITE THAN MEN?

It’s all down to the structure of the skin. Essentially, the connective tissue that connects the top layer of skin with the muscles forms differently in men and women.

  • In women – the connective tissue forms in vertical columns resulting in the appearance of cellulite.
  • In men – the connective tissue forms in more of a netting or crisscross pattern

The crisscross pattern contains or “holds back” the fat from the top layer of skin more effectively than female connective tissue does, reducing the initial signs of cellulite.

Another contributing factor that builds cellulite is the thickness of a woman’s skin. A woman’s skin is thinner than a man’s skin. Thinner skin provides less resistance to the force of the fat cells pressing against it.

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