A dimpled, uneven surface to the skin on areas such as: thighs, buttocks and hips is often due to a condition called cellulite.

It’s mainly women who are affected by this concern, but around 10% of cases are men. The appearance of cellulite is often described as being similar to the look of cottage cheese or orange peel, which the affected person may feel is unattractive. This can lead to feelings of embarrassment, and the need to cover up the affected area.

About this Condition

It’s a common perception that cellulite is associated with being overweight. This is not always the case but weight gain can make it more noticeable. Cellulite is caused by the way in which fat is distributed versus the pattern of the connective tissues beneath the skin which in women, are positioned vertically.

The connective tissues will pull the skin downwards at the same time as fat pushes upwards, resulting in a dimpled effect on the surface. Females also have more oestrogen in their body which can play a part in the development of cellulite. When levels of this hormone start to fall (during the menopause) it can decrease the production of collagen, decrease the flow of blood and enlarge the fat cells; factors involved in the acceleration of cellulite. 

It seems that men are less likely to develop cellulite as their connective tissues are formed in a criss-cross fashion, and are stronger than in women. Fatty deposits in men also tend to be distributed differently, and they generally tend to have less fat in the subcutaneous area (the area just below the surface of the skin. 

Addressing the look of cellulite completely can be difficult, but there are ways Beau Boutique can significantly reduce its appearance.