Most women can experience some form of cellulite. It’s a very common but harmless skin condition which presents as dimpled, lumpy flesh. It is most prevalent in women but can also be experienced by some men.

Cellulite can appear on several areas of the body, more commonly the thighs, hips, abdomen and buttocks, but it can also be found on the breasts and upper arms.

Cellulite can only usually be seen if you pinch the skin of the affected area, such as your thighs. However, more severe cases of cellulite can make the skin appear bumpy or lumpy with crater—like dimples.

Causes of cellulite

Cellulite is caused when deposits of fat, surrounded by fibrous connective tissue break through the collagen fibres and septae (membranes) which connect them to the skin.

Over time and in some cases, with weight gain, the fibres and septae stretch and break down and the fat cells grow. This means that the compartments which hold the fat cells get crowded and the fibres pull downwards on the skin, creating the ‘dimpled’ effect that we know as cellulite.

Symptoms of cellulite

Although cellulite can be increases with weight gain, it can also affect those who are not overweight. This is because it is not the fat that is the primary cause, but the skin structure, hormones, age and genetics – all of which we cannot control. Females tend to have thinner skin than males and this is why the condition is seen in more women than men.

Appearance of cellulite

Grade 0

No dimpling seen when physical pressure is applied

Grade 1

Dimpling seen when physical pressure is applied

Grade 2

Dimpling seen when standing but not when lying down

Grade 3

Dimpling seen when both standing and lying down

Treatments for cellulite

At IHYA Clinic in Birmingham, we understand that cellulite, though not dangerous to our general health, can be the cause of self-consciousness, especially in the warmer months when we may bare more of our bodies (in swimsuits on holiday for example).

This is why we offer a range of non-surgical, clinically-proven treatments to reduce the unsightly appearance of cellulite, for smoother, firmer skin.

Our treatments for cellulite

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