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Body Issues: cellulite

Read more about cellulite treatments in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.

Fat deposits often become trapped and squeezed between the stiffened fibrous bands that connect the skin’s tissues, leading to the dreaded puckered effect on upper and outer thighs and buttocks, and also the stomach and arms. This is what is called ‘cellulite’. The phenomenon is largely unrelated to weight, because even slim supermodels can have it.
Less than five per cent of men suffer from this issue. Men tend to have large, loose, unconnected fat cells that don’t have a lot of blood supply, and don’t develop the fibrous tissues.

The Cellulite Grading System

The most common cellulite grading system is referred to as the Nurenberg scale, named after the German physician who invented it in 1972.

Grade 1 means there is no obvious cellulite when a person is standing, but if she pinches the skin on the thighs there will be an orange-peel appearance.
Grades 2 and 3 each have three variants – mild, moderate and severe – meaning that there are actually seven levels in total.

Grade 2 refers to cellulite that’s visible while standing and sitting, and grade 3 to that which is extremely visible while standing, sitting or lying down.

For information on treatments for this issue, visit our Cellulite Reduction section, page 106 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.

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