Cellulite, called also Oedematous Fibrosclerotic Panniculopathy, is a localized metabolic disorder causing alterations connected to microcirculation disfunctions, with the consequent liquid and toxin retention and the formation of subcutaneous fibrous nodules.
The causes of cellulite are many - predisposition, overweight, hormonal imbalance, nutrition, sedentary life - and to fight it, it is necessary to act on several fronts, coupling a balanced diet with a healthy lifestyle and the use of specific products.
It is cellulite at an early stage, caused mainly by the local microcirculation slowing down with the consequent retention of liquids in the connective tissue. It is recognizable for the presence of swelling (oedema) due to the build-up of fat and water in the fat cells.
In this stage, scarce draining of the accumulated impurities and slowed-down oxygenation of tissues determines an inflammatory process with the formation of oedemas and swelling. The collagen and elastin fibres harden and create a fibrotic tissue and nodules with an "orange peel" effect. Symptoms such as tingling, heaviness in the legs and pain to the touch can occur.
This is the cellulite in its most advanced stage. In this stage, macronodules painful to the touch form; the circulation is slowed down considerably and can cause capillary dilatation, hematomas and swelling accompanied by skin relaxation with a "mattress" effect.