WHAT CAUSES CELLULITE?
The exact cause of cellulite is debated, but it appears to result from an interaction between connective tissue and the fatty layer that lies just beneath it. When there is a 'buildup' of fat, the fat cells themselves grow larger and produce 'more' fat cells, which then bulge around the connective tissue and protrude into the top layer of the skin - giving the appearance of cellulite.
Women are more likely to have cellulite than men due to their arrangement of fat cells and connective tissue. In women, fat cells and connective tissue is arranged vertically, whereas in men these tissues have a criss-cross structure, meaning they are less likely to experience the visible results of protruding fat cells (cellulite).
HOW CAN CELLULITE BE TREATED?
In order to reduce the appearance of cellulite, the most effective treatment is destruction of the fat cells causing its appearance. This can be achieved by intralipotherapy (DESOBODY). The results are permanent.
Other treatments have been proposed - such as massage, radiotherapy, laser, and various topical creams and lotions: however, the results of these have not been proven and are unlikely to provide any visible or long-term result.