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Understanding Cellulite

Before you think about treating cellulite, it is good to understand what cellulite is and why we develop it. Why are your thighs lumpy and dimply? Well, you can thank cellulite for that. While it is a type of fat, it differs from other kinds. Some call it cottage-cheese or orange-peel skin. Call it what you like, but knowing the facts about cellulite can better understand how to treat it.

The Stages of Cellulite

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The Facts About Cellulite

Fact #1: It can affect men and women.

Cellulite happens to everyone, however, women tend to have it more often. This is due to the different distributions of muscle, fat, and connective tissues.


Fact #2: Cellulite comes in grades.

There is a severity of cellulite scale that comes in three grades. The first is considered mild, much like an orange peel with a slightly sagging appearance. The second is moderate which looks more like cottage cheese. Then there’s the third grading of cellulite with deep depressions in the skin.


Fact #3: The cause is unknown.

No one can pinpoint the exact cause for cellulite. Speculation abounds from interaction between the dermatological layer just under the skin surface and the connective tissue and layer of fat.


Fact #4: Some things may make you more prone for cellulite though.

While the cause of cellulite is unknown, certain factors may increase your chances for cellulite. Among them, hormones like estrogen, prolactin, and insulin, to name a few, are involved in the production of cellulite. Coupled with aging that brings on thinner skin and lower circulation, your body will produce less collagen while fat cells enlarge, making these deposits of fat far more visible.


Your genes may play a role in cellulite development too. That’s beyond your control, though dietary and lifestyle factors are something that lets you take charge. By eating healthfully and exercising, you’ll be less likely to have cellulite show up.


Fact #5: Even thin people can have cellulite.

It’s certainly true that those with excess fat will more prevalently have cellulite. However, cellulite can happen to those that are slim and fit too. Generally, you’ll be more prone to cellulite after your 25th birthday though it can happen when you’re younger than that.


Fact #6: You may be able to minimize the appearance of cellulite.

There’s no one cure for cellulite that works permanently. Yet, there are a few things you can do to help minimize the way it looks. For starters, you’ll want to limit processed foods and sugars to get your estrogen levels balanced and reduce the amount of fat storage in your body. You’ll also want to exercise for these same reasons.

Schedule your appointment

If you’d like to learn more about Cellulite Treatment in Fairfax, VA get in touch with our team at Atlas Bodyworks. We’re your experts in body shaping techniques that work. Give our team a call today at 703-560-1122 or send a message using our online contact form. We look forward to seeing you.