Cellulite, which is also referred to as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy by those in the healthcare field, is a condition in which areas of the skin accumulate underlying fat deposits, giving them a dimpled, lumpy appearance.
Cellulite usually is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs. It typically appears after puberty and some studies indicate that close to 90 percent of women may have cellulite at some point. Although it can affect both men and women, it is seen more often in females because their bodies are more prone to having particular types of fat and connective tissue
What causes Cellulite?
Why cellulite appears is not well understood, but there are some theories behind why it appears on some people and not others:
1. Hormonal factors
Hormones likely play an important role in the development of cellulite. Some research indicates estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin play a part of the cellulite production process.
Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just below the surface the skin, and poor circulation.
Diets high in fat, carbohydrates, or salt with insufficient fiber can cause cellulite.
Cellulite may be more prevalent with people who smoke, don’t exercise and sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks, which limits blood flow, may contribute to the appearance of cellulite.