Sign and Symptoms of Cellulite

Cellulite is a change in appearance in skin texture that occurs in most post pubertal females. It appears as dimpling and nodularity that occurs mainly on the pelvic region, lower limbs, and abdomen. It is caused by the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue, leading to a padded or orange peel–like appearance. Cellulite is merely the "normal condition of many women".

Cellulite affects people whether they are overweight or not. Biochemically, cellulite does not behave any differently than other fat, and there is no health risk from cellulite.


The exact etiology of cellulite is yet to find out. Possible causative factors are:

  • Hormonal factors: As cellulite is found mainly in females so generally it is considered that it is related with the higher level of female hormones – estrogen which is responsible for cellulite. However, this theory is not proved by ant clinical evidence.
  • Genetic factors: There is possibility for involvement of genetic factor also in cellulite.
  • Lifestyle: A high stress lifestyle results in increased level of catecholamines, which have also been associated with the evolution of cellulite.
  • Lack of Exercise: lack of exercise disturbs the fat metabolism for sure. As cellulite involves deposition of fat n certain body parts so it is just obvious that lace of exercise and sedentary lifestyle will worsen cellulite.
  • Aging: Generally women develop cellulite after the age of 30 or in some cases during adolescence years, anytime after puberty. With ageing, the surface of skin thins and loses its elasticity; as a result the fat deposits under the skin become more prominent.
  • Predisposing factors: Several factors have been shown to affect the development of cellulite. Gender, race, biotype, distribution of subcutaneous fat, and predisposition to lymphatic and circulatory insufficiency have all been shown to contribute to cellulite.
  • Others: Other causes of cellulite include smoking, tension, fatigue, drugs, and alcohol.

Symptoms of Cellulite

The main symptoms of cellulite involve dimpling on the surface of the skin of the lower limb mainly thighs, buttocks and the hips. It may be noticed in lower abdomen, upper parts of the arms and the neck.

Cellulite can present itself as tenderness in the skin. Sometimes, even before the appearance of dimples, the soon-to-be affected areas will be tender pushed or massaged with force.

Cold touch of the affected area skin is another physical symptom of cellulite and this is because of lack of proper blood circulation flowing through the affected area. This lack of circulation may also delay normal healing of cuts, scrapes and bruises, which is another indicator that cellulite is making its way to the surface of the skin!

The symptoms of cellulite are related to a negative personal perception of the appearance of the skin which can cause insecurities. 

The affected area undergoes systematic changes finally to show the full signs of cellulite: 

  • In the initial stages, the dimpling effects can be observed only by pinching these areas if cellulite is suspected. The dimpled areas will look slightly pitted or bulged (like an orange peel).
  • After some days, the effect can be noticed only when you are standing – not when you are lying down.
  • At a later stage, however, it will be evident irrespective of the position you assume. The dimpled skin areas become loose with a dull and ugly look, and will feel cold, tight and hard to your touch as well.

Cellulite is a skin disorder that afflicts women mostly.  Men are not as vulnerable because their cells in these regions do not store fat in the same way as in a female body. Cellulite in men is more common in the neck area.  The mechanisms are not easily understood but it appears to be related to a number of cofactors such as weight gain, water retention or dehydration, low levels of exercise, and improper diet or nutrition.

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Recommendation for Cellulite


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