Types of Cellulite

Cellulite affects 9 out of 10 women, and it does not have the same characteristics in all people.


Inflammation of the cellular tissue tends to develop gradually, differentially affecting areas of the body. Thus, it is possible for a person to suffer from various types of cellulite.


Distinguishing them correctly is crucial to the effectiveness of treatment. A consultation with a specialist is an excellent starting point. If you want to know beforehand, here are 3 common types of cellulite.


1. Edematous Cellulite

Edematous cellulite essentially affects young women in their 20s and 30s. It is associated with poor blood circulation and is aggravated by significant fluid retention. As a result, it is important to treat both of these conditions. Due to these two characteristics, it is among the most difficult types of cellulite to treat. It is also the least common form of cellulite. It forms mainly on the legs, especially the thighs and knees. Due to the edematous cellulite, the legs lose their contours and tend to swell, with the onset of venous fluid accumulation. In addition, the skin becomes spongy and reddish.


People who suffer from this inflammation may feel pain when subjected to touch or after several hours of standing.


2. Soft Cellulite

Soft cellulite, also known as flaccid cellulite, is more common in women between ages of 30 and 40 and is usually accompanied by sagging skin. The skin is soft and has a wavy, jelly-like appearance. Soft cellulite tends to move easily and is more visible when the person is lying down.


Soft cellulite arises essentially in areas where there is accumulation of fat, such as the arms, hips, belly, buttocks and legs. It increases as we age or gain weight and is aggravated when there is little muscle mass.


With treatment, promising results can be obtained. This is because soft cellulite tends to become less visible when you adopt a regulated diet and exercise.


3. Hard Cellulite

Hard cellulite, also known as compact cellulite, can be very challenging to prevent completely, but the earlier you start the better. If left untreated, can be permanent. It is the cause of the appearance of “orange peel” skin, which is characterized by irregularities in the skin and by grooves and depressions in the thighs, glutes, and hips.


Unlike soft cellulite, hard cellulite does not move. The skin adheres to the muscle and becomes hard and sensitive to the touch, which can become extremely painful. This is because nerves are compressed by fat nodules. The earlier you start treating this type of cellulite, the more effectively you will be able to combat it.



Knowing the type and stage of cellulite helps your therapist determine the appropriate treatment protocol. Cellulite may be classified into different types and stages with their own signs and symptoms. A cellulite and lymphatic screening is strongly recommended before starting any treatment.




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