Cellulite is known by quite a few names- orange peel syndrome, adiposis edematosa, status protrus cutis, mattress phenomenon, dermopanniculosis deformans, hail damage, gynoid lipodystrophy and cottage cheese skin among others.
The term cellulite is used to describe the appearance of the skin as it tends to take a dimpled look due to the fat deposit under the skin. These fat cells are raised directly below the skin’s surface into little pockets distorting the connective tissue as it gets pushed down causing the lumping appearance on the skin.
Cellulite is best described as a skin condition characterized by an ‘‘orange peel’’ or dimpling effect that often shows up at the buttocks, abdomen, hips, and thighs of women. Up to 98% of cellulite cases occur in women. Although it is not a disease, people who suffer from this skin condition are always on the lookout for a way to reduce its appearance.
Most women carry excess fats in thighs and buttocks, but cellulite is not confined to the overweight. In actually, it is the lumpy substance that looks more like cottage cheese that forms beneath the skin. The collection of fats pushes against the connective tissues; this causes the surface of the skin to pucker or dimple and visually look lumpy; which results in what is called ‘‘cellulite’’.
Signs and symptoms of cellulite
Women are the only ones mainly affected by cellulite because they have less collagen than men along with more fats in the areas commonly known as problematic. The following are signs and symptoms of cellulite including the following;
- Dimples in affected areas
- The skin feels tender when massaged or pushed down
- Prolonged healing or bruising of cuts and scrapes due to lack of circulation. When bad circulation occurs, the ski n tends to feel cold.
Cellulite is not a medical illness, and no one understands what causes it although there are some assumptions as to how it can occur. Cellulite occurs in both men and women. However, it is more common in women because they have a particular type of fat and connective tissues that easily develops into cellulite.
Men rarely develop cellulite because their epidermis, dermis and upper subcutaneous tissues are different from those in women. The epidermis and dermis layers in men buttocks and thighs is thicker, and also men have thinner fat layers. Also, the fat deposits in men are separated by crisscrossing connective tissues. In contrast, the connective tissues in women run vertically perpendicular to the skin, which creates ‘‘fat chambers’’ that tends to push up on the skin while the connective tissue pulls the skin downwards.
Age, hormones, puberty, and other factors make the connective tissue contract and stiffen. This pulls down the skin while the fat deposits push upward, resulting in unsightly dimples and bulges.
What are the types of cellulites?
There are two types of cellulite. The first type is ‘‘pinch’’ or ‘‘compression’’ of tissue in the buttocks or thighs. You see this type when crossing your legs while seated. Almost all women of various ages have this type of cellulite.
The second type of cellulite is the ‘‘orange peel’’ appearance that is visible when a woman is standing naturally or lying down.
Cellulite comes naturally as a result of aging and it is similar to wrinkles that form in the face; it is caused due to lower levels of collagen. It is classified as a hormonal imbalance felt women and seldom appears on males. Normally, fats stored in the thighs and buttocks in the same with fats stored all over the body and no difference is observed.
Don’t feel bad about having cellulite, since most women have the same condition. Some of the factors that contribute to cellulite build-up in the body include genetics, gender, the amount of excess fat in your body, the thickness of your skin, and age is also a major factor that can determine if you will have cellulite over your thighs and how visible it is, even at a distance.
Our bodies are not particularly good at knowing how to eliminate and then expel chemicals, additives, preservatives and other unnatural products that are ingested in modern foods and drinks. Because we find it difficult to remove toxins, impurities, unnatural foods and additives, our body’s protective system sends them to the outer parts of the body where they cling on to the fat cells.
An overweight person does not have more fat cells than a skinny person; they simply have larger ones. And skinny people get cellulite just often as fat people. So for those of the lean variety who have this lumpy skin problem, it is hanging on to your fat cells. So everyone has fat cells-if you lose weight you don’t lose cells, they simply get smaller.
Cellulite and stored energy are like a layer of gooey stuff under the skin. When you have a lot, it can be quite solid, and those bumps and lumps may not be too obvious. So when you start to lose the cellulite from your stored energy, those lumps and bumps may tend to appear worse as they break down and separate, and as they become fewer they can also become more pronounced.
I understand your fears, but truly, this is a great sign that the lumps are loosening, moving, and becoming less and less present.