Seeing as cellulite has become a fairly household term over the years, chances are you’re mostly aware of what it is and what it looks like. However, what you may not be aware of is the fact that there are different types of cellulite – each of which has certain characteristic features.
On top of that, each of these different types of cellulite often stems from different causes too.
3 Main Types of Cellulite
Nowadays it is known that there are actually 3 different types or classifications of cellulite, encompassing:
- Adipose cellulite (also known as ‘soft cellulite’) is the type of cellulite that most people tend to associate with the term. It is most usually caused by weight gain and lack of exercise and becomes more obvious as you get older. It is generally soft to the touch and sits near the surface of the skin, making it easy to treat.
- Fibrotic cellulite (also known as ‘hard cellulite’) tends to appear on the firmer skin and is a lot less visible to the naked eye. It is common even among people who are active and exercise and is caused by bad nutritional habits or other factors such as smoking. Sometimes it also occurs in teenagers who are gaining weight. Unlike adipose cellulite, fibrotic cellulite is closer to the muscles – making it harder to get rid of.
- Oedematous cellulite is a fairly rare type of cellulite that normally affects younger people. It is triggered by the accumulation of fluid in the skin’s tissue and poor circulation, which is normally a sign of general unhealthiness due to a very sedentary lifestyle with insufficient physical activity. Effectively, this type of cellulite is a sure sign that you need to make some lifestyle changes and is considered a serious medical condition.
Degrees of Cellulite
Aside from the types of cellulite, very often it is also classified in terms of degrees that reflect how visible it is. While there are several different systems that are used to do so, the most widespread is as follows:
- Grade Zero where there is no visible cellulite and the skin is smooth. Even when the area is pinched, no cellulite will appear.
- Grade One where when your skin is pinched, cellulite becomes visible. Apart from that, no cellulite is noticeable, not even when standing or sitting.
- Grade Two where cellulite is visible when standing, but not when lying down.
- Grade Three where cellulite is visible at all times, including when standing, sitting, as well as lying down and much more clearly when you pinch the area.
Depending on the type and degree of cellulite, different types of treatment options may be recommended. Of course, conventional treatments tend to have very little (if any!) success in actually getting rid of cellulite. There’s a program known as the ‘Truth About Cellulite’ has been making waves due to its success stories, and you should check it out if you’d like to know more about it!