Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of the skin and fat areas that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. There are different grades of cellulite appearance, and is much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat cells, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men’s and women’s skin. Fat deposits exert pressure on the connective tissues beneath skin and cause the lumpy appearance.
Cellulite is commonly known as “cottage cheese skin” or “orange-peel” skin. Cellulite tends to affect women far more commonly than men. Almost 80 to 90 percent of women will experience cellulite at some point in their lives.