Cellulitis is an outward manifestation of a disorder in the physiology of connective tissue that is under the skin and affects certain areas of the body.
It manifests itself almost exclusively in the female sex and it is the aesthetic problem that most worries women because eight out of ten have, have had or will have it.
Cellulite has always existed and in other times, to the point that it has ever tasted, it is enough to look at the paintings of Rembrandt, Rubens and other masters of painting to see that the ideal of feminine beauty was not the stylized woman of today, but what in Venice was called the “opulent blonde” that was nothing but a blonde cellulite.
From the medical point of view, cellulite was considered at the beginning of the century as an inflammation, hence the Greek term-itis, which in medicine means inflammation. This is the case of bronchitis, gastritis, appendicitis, etc.
Some cellulite is painful, so at first, it was mistakenly thought to be an inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue.
Obesity and cellulite are popularly confused; however, they do not mean the same thing or are fought in the same way. Although it is true that obese people have a greater tendency to cellulite, it is also true that a woman can be very thin and have cellulite. In the same way, when an obese woman normalizes her weight with a suitable treatment, many times the cellulite module that was hidden by the abundant adipose panicle appears.
This phenomenon was observed in a large number of women liberated from Nazi concentration camps after World War II. Despite its extreme thinness, cellulite had not disappeared.
Fat cells are free and mobile in obesity, whereas in cellulite fat cells are fixed in the connective tissue, they are embedded. Kilograms are normally accumulated fat that can be relatively easy to eliminate with a diet; but in cellulite, fat is fixed and degenerated by the action of free radicals, and its elimination is practically impossible following a diet.
Cellulite has its cause in the insufficient blood circulation that causes a decrease of exchanges between blood and cells, which are overloaded with fat, water and toxins, forming a cellulite nodule. This circulatory disorder develops in three phases:
The first phase, edema. We see that in the cellulite area we find an edema, a waterlogging and, above all, a certain amount of water that is becoming increasingly viscous, consistent and more attached to the tissue.
The second phase, the formation of orange peel. We have a thicker liquid, greater production of fibers that adopt different disposition and generate one of the typical characteristics of cellulite, orange peel skin.
The third phase, sclerosis. We already have the cellulite zone, the liquid is becoming more and more viscous and the fibers are progressively increasing. Thus, progress is being made until a compact mass is formed, which is harder and harder, what we call the sclerosis phase.