Cellulite usually occurs at the outer part of your thigh and buttocks area. It is a most common skin condition that affects a lot of women. The most interesting part of cellulite is the fact that it is not a life threatening condition. It may not be cured, but you can find so many ways in reducing its ugly sights. However, you also need to know how it develops.
Although women are the most affected by this type of skin problem, men are not exempted from this unpleasant skin disorder. The most common reason why cellulite is less noticeable in men is due to the fact that their skin structure is tougher than in women, and their hormones are calmer than in female.
Five stages of cellulite development
Cellulite formation is considered a cosmetic condition wherein its appearance can be reduced or lightened by using a lot of products and procedures. It also undergoes different stages before you actually see how it could affect your body. The appearance gradually changes as it is led to the fifth stage.
- First Stage – Cellulites are not yet visible. Cellulite may develop if your blood circulation, venous flow, and your lymphatic vessels on the topmost layer of the skin are damaged. If you have poor blood circulation, the functions of its surrounding tissues are lessened which can result to more cellulite formation. During this stage, the signs of cellulite formation are not yet visible. However, as it develops maturely, the signs and symptoms are more apparent already due to some factors that can trigger its appearance.
- Second Stage – Changes in skin texture and color. If the blood circulation is reduced, your veins and capillaries are weakened thus affecting the blood supply to the surrounding tissues. When this happens, there is a great pressure in the function of the tissue which can result to the limitation of circulation and fluid retention in the body. At this stage, you will notice some changes in your skin texture and color. Your skin is tender and there will be skin discoloration. Although there are no sights of bumpy skin, you will notice that you easily get bruised.
- Third Stage – The orange peel skin. After several months of accumulated lymphatic liquid, your fat tissues will start to expand and its tendency is to push out the topmost layer of your skin. This is the start of the appearance of an orange peel skin.
- Fourth Stage – Skin coldness. The dormant lymphatic liquid will make way for the fibrous septae to set into a thicker fiber. The cells that are deprived of oxygen and nutrients will join the thickened fibers which will add more volume to it. At this stage the fiber starts to catch and compress the fats into the surrounding tissue which can greatly affect the circulation in its area. Due to the poor circulation you will feel that your skin is cold when touched.
- Fifth Stage – Cellulite onset. At this stage, the blood circulation is transferred to your cellulite area due to the increase in the pressure of your lymphatic vessels. The excessive growth of septae fibers will completely block the fat cells. During this stage cellulite is at its onset.
You have to be aware that cellulite develops slowly that sometimes you may not even notice that you have it. Bear in mind though that if you know the stages, the problem could be prevented. You do not have to face it in the future as soon as you address it now.