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Cellulite occurs when you have fat deposits that cause dimpled skin on your buttocks, thighs, hips and abdomen. There are three grades of cellulite: grade one which doesnt have any symptoms and can only be seen under the microscope, grade two with lower temperature and decreased skin elasticity and grade three, which shows visible roughness and dimples in the skin. The condition isnt serious and most people get it treated for cosmetic reasons. Not all treatments will work for everyone, though you do have several options to get rid of your cellulite.

Causes, Risk Factors and Complications of Cellulite

A misconception with cellulite is that it is always caused by being overweight; however even those underweight or at a normal weight can have cellulite. Some common causes for cellulite include: having a slow metabolism, being dehydrated, having a high amount of body fat, not being physically active, hormonal changes, having thinner skin, which shows cellulite more easily, not eating a healthy diet and fad dieting. Risk factors for cellulite include being inactive, taking hormonal contraceptives and being a woman. If you have lighter skin, it will also be more noticeable. Cellulite can also be genetic so if women in your family have it, it is likely you will get it too.

Signs, Symptoms and Testsof Cellulite

Cellulite can have different appearances on your skin, making it look like it has bumps similar to orange peels or large dimples. Cellulite also commonly has a cottage cheese-like texture. There are different forms and severities of cellulite with some people having mild cellulite you barely notice while others have very deep dimples and the cellulite is over a larger area of skin. It is most commonly seen on the buttocks and thighs, but can be found on the arm, abdomen and breasts as well. You dont need diagnosis for cellulite aside from a physical examination. Since treatment isnt necessary for the skin condition, it will be optional for you. However, a doctor visit will determine whether or not it is cellulite.

Treatment, Drugs and Prevention ofCellulite

A variety of treatments are available to remove or diminish the appearance of cellulite, but keep in mind not all of them are effective. You may need to try a variety of treatments before finding the one that works best for you. One type of treatment is the use of creams, which can be over-the-counter or prescribed from your doctor. These creams smooth the skin and attempt to dissolve the areas of fat causing the dimples in your skin. Cellulite creams could cause an allergic reaction, so test it only on a small portion of skin to make sure it is safe for you to try.

Another treatment option for cellulite is liposuction, which removes the excess fat deposits from your body. However, this will remove deep fat in your body and cant actually remove the actual cellulite underneath your skin. It is only effective if you are overweight and that is in fact the cause of your cellulite. Massage treatments are effective for some people, which will temporarily remove the appearance of cellulite. Mesotherapy can also be tried which injects vitamins, amino acids or minerals into your skin to break down the fat. Additional treatments include laser therapy and weight loss. Prevent cellulite with a healthy diet, exercise and avoiding tightly-fitting clothing.