Cellulite primarily affects women, skinny or round, exercising regularly or not. This is explained by hormonal and genetic factors. Women tend to store fat to able to go through pregnancy and breastfeeding. For this practical reason, women’s hormones (oestrogens) facilitate fat storage. Fat represents up to 30% of women’s weight compared to only 10% to 15% in men.
Saddlebags or cellulite ?
Saddlebags are sometimes mistaken with cellulite, but those are two different things that affect the area at the same time. In order to understand what cellulite is, we need to know what happens on an anatomical level. Under the skin, there is fat, and under fat, there are muscles. Skin is connected deeply to muscles with more or less tight fibrous bands. Tension of these fibrous bands will create irregularities with bumps and hollows at the surface : this is cellulite.
Cellulite can affect the saddlebags area, it causes an irregular appearance of the skin similar to orange peel. Cellulite often develops in the thighs and saddlebags, but also in the abdomen and arms. Just like fat distribution, cellulite is primarily caused by genetic factors, but it can be worsened by weight fluctuations and aging.
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How to alleviate cellulite
The medical treatment approach includes massages with the palpate-rolling technique. These massages will improve lymphatic drainage and any water retention problem to tone up the skin. This approach can offer noticeable results, but these fade away when massages are not done on a regular basis.
There are also surgical techniques available to cut the fibrous connections and free the skin from tensions causing irregularities. This type of procedure treats each hollow and bump individually, but it cannot treat all cellulite because of the high number of fibrous attachments to the skin.