Below the two outermost layers of our skin (epidermis and dermis layers) are layers containing fat-cells called subcutaneous layers. Occasionally, small projections of these fat-cells protrude into the outer dermis layers. When this occurs our skin develops the uneven, bumpy appearance, commonly referred to as cellulite.
For years men and women have had to live with the appearance of cellulite in the body, as few treatments offered consistent, dependable results. However, the arrival of VelaShape™ technology has made dealing with cellulite a thing of the past. Here at Gentle Touch Med Spa & Laser Center, we’re proud to offer VelaShape™ technology in the treatment of cellulite and other conditions.
Cellulite looks like dimpled or bumpy skin. It’s sometimes described as skin with a cottage cheese or orange-peel texture. Cellulite ranges in severity. Mild cases can only be seen when the skin is pinched — the dimpling appears in the pinched skin. More severe cases make the skin appear rumpled and bumpy with areas of peaks and valleys. Cellulite is most common around the thighs and buttocks, but it can be found on the breasts, lower abdomen and upper arms as well.
Cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that connect the skin to the underlying muscle. The cords tether the skin to deeper structures, with the fat lying in between. As the fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords are pulling down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.
Cellulite is much more common in women than in men. In fact, the majority of women, at least 8 out of 10 have some degree of cellulite. This is because fat is typically distributed in women in the thighs, hips and buttocks which are common areas for cellulite. In addition, cellulite is more common with aging, when the skin loses some of its elasticity.
Weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but cellulite may still be present in lean individuals. It tends to run in families, so genetics may play the biggest role in whether you develop cellulite.
Other factors that may increase your chances of having cellulite include: Stress, An inactive lifestyle or using hormonal contraceptives.