As we age and our skin thins, our fat beneath that skin can start to have an unappealing presentation. Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of skin as the laxity and thickness of the skin changes. It is usually more evident in women than men due to larger fat stores. The most common areas are higher fat-bearing areas, such as the hips, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. However, cellulite can occur on any area on the trunk, arms, and legs. Younger overweight and obese individuals may have the appearance of cellulite if there is a large enough fat burden under the skin.
What are the signs of cellulite?
Areas where the skin is slack over fatty tissue will look dimpled and feel mottled to the touch. There is usually no pain or other discomfort with cellulite.
What can I do to treat cellulite?
There are a variety of cosmetic treatments available to target celllulite. The focus is on tightening the overlying skin, destroying the underlying fat, or both.