Cellulite describes the dimpled appearance of skin, caused by fatty tissue deposits, found primarily on the lower body regions, including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and hips. The condition is technically named: dermopanniculosis deformans, adiposis edematosa, gynoid lipodystrophy or status protrusus cutis. It is also sometimes colloquially called orange peel syndrome.
It is a misconception that this condition only occurs in obese people, since it can occur in almost any woman. However, the condition is almost never seen in males, except in the presence of abnormal hormonal conditions.
This article will detail the causes of dermopanniculosis deformans, as well as some effective treatment options.
Dimpled skin associated with this condition is caused by fatty tissue which accumulates under the skin. While being overweight may increase the severity and visual presence of orange peel skin, it is not the only, or even primary, causation.
The condition seems to be linked mostly to female hormones, but is also influenced by various other factors including: diet, fitness level, lifestyle, genetics, general health and age.
While stored fat causes noticeable skin issues associated with the condition, simply reducing fatty intake will not generally cure the problem. A combination of lifestyle modifications may help prevent further fatty deposits from forming, but there are few truly effective and predictable paths to resolution for those already affected, which accounts for 90% of adult women.
Removing these unwanted and unaesthetic fatty deposits is the goal of most patients who seek professional help. There are many approaches to care, with none being the ideal solution for every woman.
Here are some of the many possible paths towards orange peel skin treatment:
Liposuction can be effective in some patients, but may not work well for others.
Diet and exercise modification can help reduce current fatty accumulations and prevent new tissue from being deposited.
Hormone therapy can help some patients.
Massage or compression garments may help some patients.
Certain topical creams may be of some use, but most are completely ineffective.
Women hate the very word cellulite; it is as simple as that. No woman wants to be affected by ugly fatty dimples, especially if she tries so hard to keep her body beautiful and just can not seem to get rid of the presence of these problematic marks.
There are effective treatment options, but no simple cookie-cutter solution which works well for everyone.
If you are truly bothered by excessive fatty tissue deposits which create a dimpled look on your legs, tummy, butt or anywhere, talk to your doctor.
Your dermatologist may be able to help with noninvasive and minimally invasive options, while a plastic surgeon will offer the complete range of therapy procedures, surgical and nonsurgical.