Cellulite vs Fat: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that 90% of women are affected by cellulite?

Although cellulite does not affect your overall physical health, compared to visceral fat, more on that below, it can put quite a damper on your mental health. As a result, you can feel self-conscious and insecure, and no one should live like that.

Want to know the difference between cellulite vs. fat? Read on to learn more!

What Is the Difference Between Fat and Cellulite?

Before we look at the differences between fat and cellulite; we should first define what each term means. It is also important to note that some fat is healthy, and we should not try to eliminate all fat.

What Is Fat?

So what exactly is fat?

There are two types of fat in your body. First, there is visceral fat. This type of fat surrounds the vital organs near the waistline. It serves as a protection layer for these organs, and it also produces the hormones that are responsible for appetite. 

For example, after a meal, the visceral fat releases the hormone called leptin, which reduces your appetite. While the other hormone, adiponectin, influences insulin release.

On the other hand, subcutaneous fat is a layer below the skin and acts as connective tissue. It also creates insulation for your body, helping you maintain a healthy temperature both in hot and cold weather.  

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a form of subcutaneous fat and is often located in the thighs, hips, and butt. Cellulite is more noticeable in older women; as the skin layers become thinner, the fat cells are more protruded, showing the dreaded dimples.

The reason for this is that when you age, there is a decrease in estrogen. When this hormone decreases, you lose receptors in certain parts of your body. When those receptors are lost, there is also a loss of circulation. With less circulation comes less oxygen and nutrition, allowing the fat cells to enlarge and hold more water and toxins. 

When a certain area receives less circulation, the area has a decrease in collagen. Collagen is responsible for the elasticity in the skin and strengthens the connective tissue of the subcutaneous fat. Finally, it enlarges and separates the fat cells into the shape of honeycombs. 

Women also have three layers of fat in common cellulite areas, which increases the risk of cellulite. Especially as the skin becomes thinner, the cottage-cheese like dimples become more visible. 

Different Stages of Cellulite

Most women have cellulite, while a small percentage of men are also affected by the condition. The condition has several stages, with most people remaining in the first and second stages. 

Stage 1

In this stage, cellulite is not visible unless you pinch your skin. When the skin is pinched, however, you will see wrinkles instead of dimples.

Stage 2

This is similar to stage 1. The cellulite is otherwise undetectable unless you pinch your skin. The difference between stages 1 and 2 is that you’ll see dimples resembling cottage cheese instead.

Stage 3

In this stage, you’ll be able to see the dimples around the thighs, knees, and buttocks when you are standing up. However, you do not see it when you stretch those parts. To determine if you have stage 3 cellulite, try bending over or crouching. If you no longer see the dimples, you have stage 3 cellulite.

Stage 4

In this particular stage, it is the hardest to get rid of the dreaded dimples. You will notice that, regardless of your position, you’ll see the dimples. You also may experience pain in certain areas since the fat cells are too large. 

Health Risks: Fat vs. Cellulite

We cannot completely eliminate all the fat on our bodies; a certain amount of fat is healthy. While cellulite may seem unsightly, it poses no risk to your health.

On the other hand, excess visceral fat, the type that surrounds your vital organs, can pose a variety of risks to your health. For example, too much visceral fat will interfere with the body’s release of hormones. The disruption can cause your arteries to harden, and you may have an increase in cholesterol build-up. 

Additionally, since visceral fat is connected to the release of insulin, you may be at a larger risk of diabetes. 

Cellulite and Fat Treatment

Exercising and diet can greatly reduce the visibility of cellulite, as well as wearing undergarments that reduce the restriction of blood flow, like a thong. However, depending on the severity of the cellulite, you may need some further treatments. 

You may want to look into cellulite removal if you are in stages 3 or 4. Treatments that target the dermis and hypodermis strengthen the skin and break up the fat tissues underneath. Since cellulite is the result of enlarged fat cells, this type of treatment can greatly decrease the unsightly dimples that cellulite produces.

If you are looking to rid yourself of both visceral and subcutaneous fats, you may want to look into a general fat removal treatment.

You’ll have heard of the traditional fat removal treatments, such as liposuction. However, studies have shown that this does not remove cellulite; as a matter of fact, it may increase the presence of cellulite. 

Instead, look at a treatment like UltraShape Power fat removal. It uses pulses and waves to contour your body. These waves of ultrasound change the structure of the fat cells, and they break apart. All your body needs to do is dispose of the ruptured fat cells through sweat and urine. 

This treatment is effective with both types of fat cells.

Cellulite vs. Fat: The Difference

Even though cellulite is made out of fat cells, there is a big difference between healthy fat and excess fat. Now that you know the difference between cellulite vs. fat, you will better understand how to treat both.

Exercise and diet will go a long way, but sometimes that might not be enough. Contact us today for a free first treatment!