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Why do I get Cellulite?

Updated: May 6, 2020

Why do most women get cellulite, while other women (and most men) don’t? Despite concentrated diets and exercises, cellulite still manages to cling to the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Cellulite occurs in most post pubescent females. Approximately 85% of women over the age of 20 have some degree of cellulite. Let’s understand what cellulite is and what causes it and learn how to treat it.


Cellulite is considered a non-inflammatory condition in the fat layer just below the skins surface (Dermis) to maximise fat storage for adequate caloric availability during pregnancy and lactation. This results in our fat cells getting bigger and pushing up against the skin where the connective tissue between them then pulls down, causing the dimpling effect. Characterised by an 'Orange Peel' or 'Cottage Cheese' appearance.


Hormones play an important role in cellulite development. Estrogen is the main hormone playing part in the cellulite production process. There is also a variation in collagen structure in most women compared to most men largely comes down to different hormonal levels. Men generally have more testosterone than women, resulting in male collagen structure being thicker, while the overall collagen structure in a female’s body is thinner. The smoothness on the skin’s surface in males is maintained by the tighter collagen structure. Female bodies tend to store more fat due to women generally having higher levels of estrogen. Women also have more alpha receptors, which use fat cells to create more fat. As more fat cells press against weaker collagen structures, it causes the dimpling on the skin’s surface, known as cellulite.


Luckily there is a variety of ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. True Dermal Clinic treats cellulite using a combination of Laser Lipo, Coolsculpture and HIFU treatments to aid in cellulite reduction.

Coolsculpture: will freeze and crystallise fat cells permanently reducing the number of fat cells in the treated area. This is a fat reduction treatment.

Laser Lipo: will liquify fat within fat cells and stimulate the lymphatic system to flush out the crystallised cells and body waste. This is a body contouring treatment, which also helps to restore skin tone and circulation.

HIFU: (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) will lift and tighten the skin while stimulating collagen production, to strengthen the treated area.

In addition to these there are cellulite reducing creams designed to increase circulation and enhance metabolization of fats.

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