Present in more than 85% of adult women, cellulite is caused by a herniation of fat within the network of fibrous connective tissue beneath the skin’s surface. This results in tissue irregularity and uneven texture, which can cause skin to appear dimpled and lumpy like an orange peel or cottage cheese. While cellulite does affect some men, it is far more common in women, due in part to hormonal factors and the higher incidence of fatty deposits in locations more prone to cellulite formation, such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and buttocks. Cellulite often becomes more prevalent with aging and weight gain, however, this condition affects people of all ages, regardless of body-type or fitness level. In fact, since cellulite is not a condition caused by excess fat alone, but rather by structural problems beneath the skin’s surface, even the healthiest diet and the most rigorous workout regimen cannot eliminate cellulite completely. Fortunately, there are a number of sophisticated cellulite treatment options available today that provide outstanding and long-lasting results.
Historically, cellulite has been a difficult problem to treat. However, there have been some exciting breakthroughs recently that show great promise. While the numerous anti-cellulite topical products on the market produce little to no improvement, patients have had more success with a variety of advanced treatment options that can safely and effectively reduce cellulite.