Cellulite is often described as “orange peel” as it has a lumpy, dimpled appearance. It is most commonly found around the buttocks and upper leg and thigh areas. Cellulite can affect all body shapes and sizes but is much more common in women than it is in men.
Cellulite is caused by fat deposits, which form just underneath the surface of the skin and become interspersed with strong bands of fibrous tissue which run beneath the surface of the skin, down into the fatty layer. The fat cells become trapped in compartments between the tissue and push the skin up into bumps as they are unable to expand in other directions. This results in the external bulging appearance on the skin.
Due to the higher pressure within the tissue, the blood flow in these areas is reduced, so circulation is poor. This means that while a good diet and lots of exercise can play a part in preventing cellulite from forming, once it has actually formed in the skin, it is extremely difficult to shift, even for those people who have a very healthy lifestyle.