What causes cellulite?

By: Dr. John Curry Mar 27, 2014
  Question

Why do I have cellulite?

Women’s hormones have a lot to do with the predisposition of cellulite

If you are female and eighteen years old you have heard or seen the word cellulite. Cellulite, a word, that once it has crept into your vocabulary, you will hear and dread it as much as going to the dentist. Generally, cellulite, an orange peel texturing of the skin, and can appear on the upper thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and upper arms – where-ever fat tends to settle.

The condition itself is not life threatening; however, it does have a psychological affect, much like acne – you wish it would just go away – it is annoying and embarrassing. There have been many treatments that have been indicated for cellulite improvement, such as creams, diets and exercise. Nothing seemed to make an appreciable difference in the condition, until VelaShape II came on the market.

Why do I have cellulite?
In order to explain why we have cellulite, as we are not born with it, is to understand the anatomy of the skin. The layer of skin which covers our entire body is called the epidermis. Beneath the epidermis, is a second layer called the dermis, where we find nerves, sweat glands, blood vessels, and hair follicles. Below this stratum is a layer of fat, which is separated in chambers by connective tissue. It is at this point we see the cause or result of cellulite. From the separated fat chambers, the fat cells are squeezed to protrude outward into the dermis and the epidermis; causing the irregular, bumpy texture we call cellulite.

Basically, women’s hormones have a lot to do with the predisposition of cellulite. Although, a few men have cellulite; woman predominately are victims of this irregularity of the skin (90 – 98%). As well, the fat layer of the man is not separated in chambers; it has more of a criss-crossing of connective tissue preventing the protrusion of fat cells into
their thicker dermis and epidermis.

Dr. John Curry is the Medical Director of BEAUTI-MED Laser Skin Care Centreand he understands how deeply problem skin can affect our well-being. During his general and surgical practice, he consulted time and again with patients requesting treatment that would effectively rejuvenate and correct skin – without the cost and recovery time of cosmetic surgery.

Dr. John Curry, MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG, has received extensive training and has performed major and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years. His memberships and qualifications includes The Royal College of Surgeons, The International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.