2005, Number 3
Rev Cent Dermatol Pascua 2005; 14 (3)
Peña J, Hernández-Pérez M
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ABSTRACTCellulite is a cosmetic term used for areas of the skin that appear like an «orange peel» due to underlying fat deposits. These fat deposits occur on the thighs, buttocks, and hips of slim or overweight women. Formation can begin as early as puberty but it is most evident in women over 30. Rarely, men have cellulite because their adipose tissue is structured differently; connective tissue connects the skin to the underlying muscle. In women, fat storage depots are located under the skin in compartments separated by the connective tissue. When the fat cells swell due to increased lipid deposition, the compartments swell while the connective tissue fibers stay the same, thereby causing the dimpling of the skin characteristic of cellulite. In this article we review the physiopathology of this cosmetic problem and the different treatments.