Cellulite relates to the skin condition in which the skin of the lower limbs, abdomen, and pelvic region becomes dimpled. It is usually associated with the attainment of puberty. Though it is found both in men and women, studies indicate that women are more prone to this disorder. Cellulite also gets described as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, the mattress phenomenon, and hail damage.
The term cellulite can be explained in simple terms as the condition in which fat cells get trapped by fibers that have formed a network. In a healthy body, these fibers are continuously cleansed by the body fluids. As a result of poor circulation, in certain people this cleansing process does not take place effectively. As a result, waste materials get accumulated and are gradually thickened to form hard pockets of immovable fat. This leads to the “orange peel effect” or dimpling as it is commonly referred to. Women are more likely to be affected since their connective tissue is very inflexible. So as females put on weight, their fat cells get expanded and bulge upwards towards the skin surface.
The characteristic symptom of cellulite is a tightened heavy feeling in the legs. Tenderness while being pressed or massaged is also experienced. However, cellulite is not a disease as such. It rather indicates that the affected person is unhealthy. Obesity is not found to be related to cellulite. Even underweight people can develop the dimpling. However, diet is found to play a decisive role in making a person prone to cellulite.
There is no quick remedial medication for cellulite reduction. Doctors advise affected people to keep watch on what they eat and drink. If the excess calories are burned away on a daily basis, there is absolutely no scope for fat accumulation and the resultant “orange peel effect”. Creams and pills that claim to combat cellulite are not found to be very successful. Another option is the surgical removal of the accumulated fat deposits through liposuction method. By this method, the fat deposits that lie trapped between the skin and muscle are taken off after administering general anesthesia.