Symptoms and Signs of Cellulite

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Cellulite

Cellulite is composed of deposits of normal fat cells in the connective tissue of the skin (dimple formation) of the lower abdomen, hips, buttocks and upper thighs. It has no symptoms and is not a sign of disease; however, many people do not like its appearance (dimpled appearance of the skin). About 80-90% of all adult women have cellulite – it is less frequent in men.

The cause of the of the dimpling of the skin is thought to be due to the accumulation of normal fat cells in the connective tissue just below the deepest layer of the skin. What causes the accumulation of the cells is unclear.

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