Cellulite can be embarrassing, painful, and even a bit mysterious. Because there are so many factors involved in the formation of cellulite, most people don’t understand why it occurs or how to get rid of it.
But at Q-Care Aesthetic Laser Care, we’re confident that the more you understand about cellulite, the easier it will be for you to make healthy, effective treatment decisions. With that in mind, here are five facts about cellulite that you may not have known before.
1. Both men and women experience cellulite
While both men and women can have cellulite, you probably associate it with women. Women tend to have cellulite more often than men because of the structure of their collagen and their higher rates of alpha adrenergic receptors, estrogen, and fat in general. Basically, women produce more fat than men and have less structural support to keep the fat in its proper place beneath the skin.
But this does not mean that men cannot have cellulite, too. Around 10% of men experience cellulite compared to 90% of women.
2. There are three main theories about how cellulite is formed
When you start reading about cellulite, you come across many different names for it and different types of cellulite. That’s because there are three main theories about how cellulite is formed.
The first theory involves swelling and an increase in water within and around fat cells. This swelling is thought to make fat cells ooze out of the fibrous structure holding them, creating cellulite.
The second theory involves low circulation within fat tissue. This causes small fatty deposits called lipedema to appear. These deposits are usually on the legs and are often painful.
The third theory involves hardening of the connective tissue that separates pockets of fat cells. This tissue pulls the skin tight, creating ripples along the surface of fatty areas.
While each of these theories creates a different “type” of cellulite, in reality, most cellulite is the result of a combination of the above factors.
3. There are several grades of cellulite
Just as there are different types of cellulite, there are also different severities. If you need to pinch your skin for cellulite to become visible, you have grade one cellulite. Grade two and three are more severe, based on the depth of the cellulite. Some scales also take into consideration the number of depressions, depth of depressions, and any raised lesions you may have.
Knowing the severity of your cellulite allows the Q-Care team to better estimate the duration and type of treatment you need. It also gives you more realistic expectations of your results.
4. Cellulite affects both lean and overweight people
Because cellulite is caused by the structure of fat and collagen beneath the skin, you might assume that cellulite is related to obesity. But 20% to 25% of lean women experience cellulite in the hips or thighs.
This is because cellulite has less to do with the amount of fat you have and more to do with the size of your fat cells and hardness of the fibers between the cells. You may have very few fat cells, but if the ones you have are over a certain size, you may suffer the dimpling along your skin known as cellulite.
5. Cellulite requires repeated care
Unfortunately, cellulite is not something that goes away and never returns. Reducing the signs of cellulite usually requires a series of treatments over several weeks. Once it is gone, you can help maintain your results with regular massage and appropriate exercise. But as you age, it is likely to return. Treating cellulite as soon as you notice it can make treatments faster and more effective.
While the exact cause of your cellulite may be difficult to determine, the proper treatment option doesn’t have to be. To find out more about what we can do to eliminate your cellulite — including the TempSure™ laser treatment — schedule an appointment with the our Q-Care team online or over the phone.