The term cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. Cellulite is much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men's and women's skin.
Cellulite is the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling and nodularity, often on the pelvic region specifically the buttocks, lower limbs, and abdomen. Cellulite occurs in most post pubescent females. A review gives a prevalence of 85 to 98% of women. It can result from a complex combination of factors ranging from hormones to heredity.
Hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Estrogen may be the important hormone in the development of cellulite. A high-stress lifestyle is associated with the development of cellulite. Basically these factors are important in cellulite:
Grade 0: No cellulite present
Grade 1: Smooth skin while standing, bumps and dimples appear while sitting.
Grade 2: Orange peel or cottage cheese appearance sitting or standing.
Grade 3: Orange peel appearance present while sitting or standing with deep raised and depressed areas.