Medical Definition of cellulite: deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue (as in the thighs, hips, and buttocks) that give a puckered and dimpled appearance to the skin surface.
First Known Use: 1968
Cellulite is found in about 80%-90% of normal adult women.
Cellulite is less frequently noted in men because the connective tissue structure in men is generally different than that of women.
Although cellulite is most common in obese individuals, it is also seen in women of normal weight.
Cellulite can become more apparent as we age due to the natural decrease in collagen production and the thinning of the top layer of the skin. This causes the appearance of the subcutaneous fat cells to be more evident.
There are invasive and costly surgical approaches designed to improve the appearance of cellulite. However, there is no surgical approach that can guarantee lasting results.
Manual lymphatic massage with targeted excipient-free compounds, dietary and lifestyle changes are the best ways of improving the appearance of cellulite.
Weight loss can decrease the size of fat cells and decrease the appearance of orange peel skin.