Cellulite forms when fibrous bands called septae, which connect the skin to the underlying muscle fascia, tighten irregularly, pulling down on the skin, and/or begin to break down, allowing the normal layer of fat beneath the skin to push upward. This results in the puckering or “cottage cheese” appearance.
An estimated 85 to 90% of adult women have cellulite, typically on the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. The aging process can worsen the appearance of cellulite, as skin loses elasticity and is less able to resist irregular tension created by the fibrous bands. While overweight individuals tend to have more pronounced cellulite, it is common even in very lean women, and losing weight rarely gets rid of cellulite altogether.
Cellulite is an extremely common cosmetic issue that in the past has been notoriously difficult to treat. Thanks to new non-surgical technologies, cosmetic surgeons now can more effectively address the structural causes of cellulite, helping to reduce the characteristic dimpling and restore a smoother, firmer texture to skin affected by cellulite.
Learn about your options:
- Laser cellulite reduction