Cellulite, the unsightly dimples that form on the upper part of the legs, is one of the most difficult beauty problems to eradicate. But, in reality, cellulite is nothing more than irregular fatty deposits below the skin’s surface. But why does it happen?
Beneath the skin are columns of fibrous tissue that are surrounded by fat cells. “When these columns, known as septi, become imbalanced and the fat cells begin to bulge through (the columns don’t stretch to accommodate the fat), cellulite arises,” says New York and Great Neck, NY plastic surgeon Kevin Tehrani, MD. “Because of its vertical nature, it allows small pockets of fat to push up on the tissue, which is what gives the skin a dimpled look.” Cellulite has more to do with the composition of the fat cells, collagen and surrounding tissue, as opposed to how much you weigh. That’s why we even see skinny celebs suffering from it sometimes.
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