What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the changes in skin texture that result
in an "orange peel" appearance to the skin.
Cellulite is much more common in women. Studies show
85-98% of women have some cellulite. Men and women
organize their fat differently. In men, the connective
tissue fibers that organize and support fat run
primarily parallel to the skin. This means that men
have minimal pulling down of the skin by fat deposits,
and therefore smoother skin. Unfortunately for women,
their fat is organized perpendicular to the skin. This
results in a pulling down of the skin by the
connective tissue support structure and an uneven
Cellulite is a normal process in women, so for many
years medical science was not interested in treating
it. Only in the last few years have any studies been
done to identify the cause of cellulite. Effective
treatments are an even more recent development.
Cellulite forms in the superficial fat. All fat is
not cellulite, only the part present in this
superficial layer. The superficial layer is the last
area to be affected by weight loss. Therefore,
exercise and weight loss do not eliminate cellulite.
Even women who exercise regularly and follow low-fat,
nutritious diets may still have cellulite. This makes
weight management and cellulite treatment completely
What are the causes of cellulite?
Until recently, very few
studies had looked at the cause of cellulite. As a
result, theories abounded but answers were few. Recent
studies have revealed two major causes of cellulite.
The first is a hardening of the connective tissue
support system of fat. These are referred to as
connective tissue (fibrous) septae. These are made of
Over time, these septae harden and contract. The
contraction results in most of the dimpled appearance
that characterizes cellulite. Additionally, the
contraction leads to a blockage of the blood vessels and
lymphatics. The blood vessel blockage further hardens
the septae. The lymphatic blockage leads to thick,
swollen appearing skin.
The second major cause of cellulite is
protrusion of fat cells into the lower part of the skin
known as the “reticular dermis”. This protrusion results
in worsening of the dimpling.
Treatments for cellulite need to address
both of these issues in order to have really good
results. Until recently, no treatments were available to
address either issue effectively, much less both.
Who suffers from cellulite?
Cellulite is a problem that primarily affects women;
even women who are not overweight and who keep fit and
healthy suffer from it. Although obesity does not cause
dimpling, it does become more obvious with weight gain.
More than 80 percent of women have some degree of
Where does cellulite most commonly occur?
The accumulation of lipids in the fat cells most
commonly occurs on legs, buttocks, abdomen and arms.
Acoustic Wave for Cellulite!
Acoustic Wave (AW)
represents a new approach to cellulite treatment. AW
uses pressure waves that impact both of the major causes
of cellulite: fibrous septae and protrusion of fat into
the lower dermis. The AW produces a pressure wave that
passes through skin and fat to impact the fibrous septae.
The pressure breaks up the collagen of the septae and
releases the skin, allowing a smoother surface.