1) What is Cellulite?
2) How Does Cellulite Form?
3) Stages of Cellulite
4) How Do I Get Rid of Cellulite?
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is simply a term that describes the appearance of bumpy looking fat on the body. It is not an actual disease, but it is a condition of bulging fat cells and trapped liquids just below the epidermis that result in the appearance of cellulite. About 90% of all women are affected with cellulite, even athletes!
How does Cellulite Form?
All muscles in the body are covered with layers of fat, which include a reserve layer of fat as well as a layer in the subcutaneous layer of the epidermis, where cellulite is formed. Cellulite is located in the layer of fat closest to the skin. There fat cells are enclosed in pockets formed by collagen fibers (connective tissue). When the system works well, nourishment is supplied and waste products are removed from this system, resulting in smooth body curves. Sometimes the fat cells put pressure on the connective tissues and there is little room for the lymphatic drainage system to relieve a build-up of fluids, fats, and toxins. When the waste removal system starts to fail, waste products build up, and the connective tissue becomes saturated with liquid, which then thickens and hardens – forming hard pockets that puff up to produce the "orange peel" or "cottage cheese" effect. You don't even need to be overweight or fat to have cellulite - thin and slender people suffer as much from cellulite. Moreover, cellulite if left untreated, cellulite will become worse over time.
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Cellulite Stage 1
Cellulite cannot be detected in this stage unless you pinch your skin in a special way.
Appearance- In this stage, cellulite is not visible to the naked eye. In order to see whether you have cellulite perform the following test: Press tissue between your thumb and finger, or between the palms of your two hands, and if it is "normal" fat, it will appear smooth, with no ripples or bumps. If you have ripples or bumps which look like "orange peel" - you have cellulite. When pressing the tissue together, it will be sensitive when cellulite is present.
Underneath the Skin- Blood micro circulation and lymphatic drainage of the subcutaneous level are impaired Cellulite
Cellulite Stage 2
Appearance- In this stage, cellulite can be seen when standing up. Skin may be discolored and have broken veins. There is an orange peel type of appearance to the skin, and skin may be thicker and more tender in these areas.
Underneath the Skin Capillaries and veins are weakened as circulation is lessened. This increases pressure in the tissue, and restricts circulation and fluid drainage even more.
Cellulite Stage 3
Appearance In this stage, cellulite has a cottage cheese type appearance and there are multiple visible lumps on the skin.
Underneath the Skin Much lymphatic fluid build up, and fat tissue is swollen and begins to push against the outer skin. Circulation is reduced even more, and because of lack of circulation, skin may feel cold to the touch. Further weakening of the circulation and lymphatic fluid build up can lead to Stage 4 and Stage 5. In these last stage, thick fibers, trapped fat cells, and stagnate fluids form a huge honeycomb structure, causing large lumps, and hardened bumps. The skin may be painful to the touch.
How Do I Get Rid of Cellulite?