Cellulite is a cosmetic problem that primarily affects women.


Clincal features of cellulite:

(1) localized skin disorder with herniation of subcutaneous fat into the dermis

(2) dimpling and nodularity of the skin that may resemble a mattress or orange-peel

(3) primarily affects postpubertal females


Cellulite may occur independent of the percent body fat, but it is accentuated as the amount of body fat increases. Affected patients have a higher percent of thin fibrous hypodermal septae oriented perpendicular to the epidermis.


Sites most commonly affected:

(1) pelvic region

(2) thighs

(3) abdomen


The condition tends to be bilateral.


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