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Introduction To Cellulite

Cellulite primarily affects women, with around 80% of over 20s showing this indication. Women are more likely to be affected due to the way in which fat is stored, creating the dimpled ‘orange-peel’ look that so many people dislike. A common misconception is that this reflects poor diet and lack of exercise, but this is not the case. It is the deeper structures which cause this dimpled effect, which although not life-threatening, can be a real bugbear for patients.

The first symptoms will most probably be a small series of bumps or dimply skin in one particular area, frequently occurring around the upper thighs and buttocks, the main problem areas for many women who have a genetic predisposition to cellulite. There are many creams and over-the-counter products which claim to reduce the appearance and to dissolve fat cells, but there is little clinical data to prove this claim true, and they can often be ineffective in treating the concern as well as being expensive.

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Factors To Consider

There are four grades to this condition, which can be either ‘hard’ or ‘soft’; grade 0 is no visible dimpling, even when skin is pinched; grade 1 is visible only when skin is pinched; grade 2 is visible while standing up, but not when lying down; grade 3 is visible whether standing up or lying down. Soft cellulite is more noticeable, as it is not attached to the muscle, and seems to move around, whereas hard cellulite is closer to muscle, more concentrated, and can be sensitive to the touch.

If you are uncomfortable with your cellulite and are considering treatment, the first step to take is to get a full assessment of the area from a professional. This will determine what type of grade and variation your cellulite falls under, and thus suggests what kind of treatment will be best for you to achieve optimum results.

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