Learn the facts about cellulite from Prevention's experts
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What is cellulite? Michele Stanten: Hi, I'm Michele Stanten, Fitness Director of Prevention Magazine. Today we have rare opportunity to get all your questions about cellulite answered. Chris Freytag and I are here today with Dr. Glynis Ablon. Thanks for coming. Dr. Ablon is a cellulite research expert, a dermatologist, assistant professor at UCLA and the Director of the Ablon of Skin Institute, quite impressive credentials. Glynis Ablon: It keeps me busy. Michele Stanten: So what exactly is cellulite? Glynis Ablon: I think you have to understand that there are two kinds of cellulite. There is the three cellulite which is the dimpling that we see in that alteration skin typically on the hips and thighs and buttock area and tummy sometimes due to the change in the skin. There is compression site like which is then any person that crosses their legs if you looked on that thigh or you can see that cottage cheese like look that no one likes but that’s not actually true sites. Michele Stanten: So just by squeezing we can all have some cellulite. Everyone has it. Glynis Ablon: Now, you’ve explained it exactly. Chris Freytag: And why does cellulite looked different than other fat on other body parts? Glynis Ablon: Typically, we’re looking at cellulite in women because women do have a higher percent body fat than men do and their skin is different. And so when you’re looking at the women’s body that typically accumulates in that kind of pattern where you’ll see it in more in the hip area, more in the thighs, the buttocks, the abdomen, that’s’ a typical area for it to deposit and so that’s where you’ll notice more of that cellulite. Chris Freytag: Becoming trouble zones. Glynis Ablon: Exactly. Michele Stanten: And what gives them that dimpling of fat? Glynis Ablon: The dimpling is due to the spot cells themselves. What I described to my patients is that you have let’s s mattress and you’ve got the buttons on the mattress. The mattress’ buttons is then there is that thread that attaches down. That’s the fiber setting that’s found in our skin. So it pulls down. Around that, the cushions like in a mattress that’s our fat cells. It’s basically moving around those septic. What you see then if those cells are larger and the skin is thinner, those become more prominent and the cellulite is more extensive. Michele Stanten: What contributes to cellulite? Glynis Ablon: Many things contribute to cellulite. I think the first thing to understand is that even men gets cellulite but it’s a much smaller percentage because male hormones contribute to the way the male skin is different than the female skin. Skin in man, the epidermis top layer is actually thicker than in females. The dermal tissue layer which is that second layer skin is thicker than in females and that fatty tissue layer, there are actually two layers of fat but the first superficial layer of fat is actually denser. It actually looks like a crisscross hatching where you’ll fiber septic in there but it’s tighter width. Chris Freytag: Can we just say that’s unfair? Michele Stanten: Absolutely. Glynis Ablon: Then that’s why you’re seeing it in the women, that skin is thinner. The top two layers of the skin are thinner and you’ve got this fat cells that are much loser and so they can push up to the surface and become more noticeable. Michele Stanten: As we aged, does it tend to get worse? Glynis Ablon: Well, our hormones changed and an important part of the cellulite picture is the fact that our dermis does change a lot and many things contribute to that. Number one thing that I tell my patients is sun damage and sun exposure and so it’s really important that everything is covered when it’s exposed to the outdoor elements if there is no sun with sunscreen. So I tell my patients that because what happens is our colors are the last thing which are the fibers that are actually found in that dermal tissue become degenerated as we age starting around the age of 30 and as they degenerate that
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