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Editor's Note: This story is part of an In-Depth Report on the science of beauty. Read more about the series here.
Cottage cheese, orange peel, hail damage. By any other name, cellulite may still throw the perfectly sane into a tizzy as winter pants and coats are doffed for more revealing spring and summer styles.
This cultural anxiety has meant big bucks for some beauty productmakers and medical practitioners alike. A barrage of products and procedures promise to seek out and destroy the lumpy fat on thighs, bottoms, arms and tummies, but a miracle cellulite assassin has still yet to be uncovered. It might stand to reason that in our fat-phobic culture, where even famous backsides ( la Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian) are critiqued, such distinct jelly deposits are so loathed.
And cellulite doesn't only afflict the full-figured. It's also a scourge of the skinny, not to mention girls as young as teenagers.
Despite the vast amounts of time and money that have gone into trying to find ways to dissolve these nuisance nodulesfrom lasers to caffeine creamsresearchers and doctors are still scratching their heads.
So can anythingother than a serious overhaul of cultural beauty standardsreally conquer these less-than-darling dimples? We spoke with osteopathic physician.
Lionel Bissoon to help us get to the bottom (so to speak) jennifer of some of the cellulite hoopla. Bissoon runs a clinic for mesotherapy (injections of homeopathic extracts, vitamins and/or medicine designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite) in New York City, and is the author of the book.
The Cellulite Cure published in 2006. An edited transcript of the interview follows. What exactly is cellulite?
It's a condition that affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men, mostly in industrial daddy nations. As women start approaching menopause, estrogen starts decreasing.
From 25 to 35 is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, you lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so you have decreased circulation.