What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a cosmetic skin condition that usually forms as dimples and dents on your skin. It affects about 90% of women, though the severity of its appearance can vary. The the thigh, buttocks and stomach regions are the most common places for it to appear.

Cellulite is not something that will go away on its own.  It will get worse as you age, and your skin thins. It pops up on women after puberty and gets worse during times of high estrogen levels. Estrogen directs fat to certain areas, such as the buttock and thigh regions, and the more fat there is in these regions, the more evident your cellulite will appear.

There are no health concerns connected to cellulite, and although it is a common condition, many women feel insecure about it. It can be stressful to deal with while picking out a new bathing suit can show through tight clothing such as legging or other workout garments. You should be able to feel confident and comfortable in your clothing, dress how you like and leave the stress behind! 

What causes it?

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but many experts agree that genetics, weight loss, a sedentary or stressful lifestyle and hormones/hormonal contraceptives are all factors. It often gets worse during times of high estrogen levels.

Three girls having fun at the beach
Cute curvy woman walking on the beach

Will cellulite go away if I lose weight?

While a good diet and consistent exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle, it will not make your cellulite go away. Weight is not a casual factor, it affects women who range from lean to overweight.

How does it form?

Cellulite is formed due to tightened fibrous bands making the natural layer of fat that surrounds it to bulge out. The fibrous bands, also called ‘septae’, connect your skin to underlying muscle and fascia. 

Cellulite Severity Scale

This issue can show up in different ways. Some people have a multitude of small dimples, some have wavy skin, and others have dents. When discussing this topic, it is important to remember that cellulite appears differently on people. The Cellulite Severity Scale (CSS) is used to classify the severity of each case. There are a couple of different factors that determine the severity of your case.  

The severity is determined by 5 factors: 

  1. The number of evident depressions 
  2. The depth of the depressions 
  3. The structural appearance of the skin surface alterations 
  4. The grade of the laxity, flaccidity, or the sagging of the skin 
  5. The classification on the Nürnberger and Müller scale
cellulite classification graph (Nünberger and Müller)

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