How Cellulite Forms

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Fat is a component in cellulite, but that’s not the only reason why your skin may look lumpy and bumpy rather than firm and smooth. Other factors like a lack of circulation, fibrous bands or septa, female-charged hormones like estrogen and pushing of the fat cells may all be reason to blame for the “orange peel” look.

1. The Bands Stiffen Up
The fibrous bands that live between fat and skin start to get stiff and hard or they break down over time if blood and lymphatic circulation are not up to par.

2. There Is A Lack Of Circulation
If skin does not receive a constant and fresh supply of blood and the body gets bogged down with toxins, the capillaries become large and weak, allowing blood to seep into the tissues. As a result, fat cells bunch up into clusters instead of following an even, well-dispersed formation. When the lymphatic system functions properly, it moves excess fluid away and prevents fat cells from clumping together.

3. The Walls Of The Fat Cells Change
The outer walls of fat cells change from being soft and pliable to thick and surrounded by extra collagen, which makes proper circulation even more difficult to achieve. The thicker the walls of the cell, the more they protrude and push up against the septa.

4. The Bands Push Down On The Fat
Tightness on the septa, along with poor blood and lymph flow on a regular basis, causes the fibrous bands to tighten down on the fat cells below them. “The herniation of excess fat results in the dimpling that you see on the skin,” says Marina del Rey, CA, plastic surgeon Grant Stevens, MD.

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