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What is cellulite?

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Cellulite is the term used for the appearance of fat deposits right beneath the surface of the skin. These show up as dimples on the skin (similar to orange peel) and most commonly appear in the pelvic region – especially the thighs and stomach. Both males and females can be affected, although cellulite is most common in post-pubertal women. It is classified using 3 different grades, Medical News Today reports. At grade 1, there are no visible symptoms on the skin but fat cells can be found using a microscope.

At grade 3, the dimples are clearly visible.

What causes it?

There is no concrete explanation for what causes cellulite. The Times estimates that it affects as many as 85-98% of all post-pubertal women, making the condition “pretty much a secondary sexual characteristic of our gender”.

Other factors that may contribute to cellulite include:

How can cellulite be treated?

There is a long-standing debate over whether it is actually possible to remove cellulite completely and what can be done to reduce it. It has become apparent that results from ‘treatment’ vary from person to person. Here are a number of methods developed solely for this purpose, as outlined by Medicine Net:

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