Cellulite, also known as diposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy in the medical community, is a condition that gives skin a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, but can also occur on the abdomen, arms, and back.
Cellulite is often classified using by the Nurnberger-Muller Scale, in three stages:
Stage 0 (No Cellulite) No dimpling when the subjet is standing and lying.The pinch test reveals "folds and furrows", but there is no mattress-like appearance.
Stage I (Mild Cellulite) No dimpling when the subject is standing or lying, but the pinch test reveals the mattress-like appearance.
Stage II (Moderate Cellulite) Dimpling appears spontaneously when standing, but is no longer visible when lying down.
Stage III (Severe Cellulite) Dimpling is spontaneously positive when standing and lying down..
Cellulite affects both men and women, but it is much more common in females, because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue.
The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories that have been put forth as explanations, like hormonal factors, genetics, circulatory sufficiency, and diet, toxicity and clothing.
SkinSpeaks is actively researching cellulite technologies in the marketplace today. Cellulite is difficult and resistant. Often when any improvement is achieved, maintenance treatments are required.
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How to Treat Cellulite
Patients always ask if there is improvement to appearance of cellulite with Thermage CPT
, LipoDissolve, or Liposuction. We don't believe that these treatments are designed for this purpose. However, some patients feel that there is improvement to the appearance of cellulite when their skin is tighter, or there is less fat in the area—which the aforementioned treatments address.