CELLULITE

By Gary M. White, MD

Cellulite of the thigh

Cellulite describes the situation in which the skin of the buttocks and thighs has a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable in woman usually after puberty.


Clinical

When lateral pressure is placed on the thigh of a woman--either by gravity or other means--the surface may take on a bumpy appearance. This conformational change is the result of the manner in which fat is stored in women, i.e., in vertically oriented standing fat chambers. In men, the connective tissue septa run diagonally, crisscrossing each other, and bulging does not occur. Thus, cellulite represents an "invented" disease [JDSO 1978;4;221 and 230].

Treatment

Weight loss may help decrease the bumpy appearance. The Cellfina system for cutting the septae under the dimples seems to be genuinely beneficial.

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