The cellulite self examination has not really been addressed appropriately. There are many women who complain of cellulite who seem to think the presence of saddlebags means cellulite. Similarly, women mistakenly refer to fat deposits around the knees as cellulite. Many women refer to fat under the buttock as cellulite, while Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons refer to this pocket of fat as banana rolls. Oftentimes, these banana rolls are called cellulite. Banana rolls seem to appear several months after liposuction of the thighs. This is a difficult area to perform liposuction. Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeons usually leave this area untouched. Thus fat tends to deposit in this area because there is an abundance of fat cells just waiting to grow. Of course there are women who have these banana rolls who have never undergone liposuction. This area immediately beneath the buttocks is resistant to exercise, because there are no exercise which can target this little "spot of fat", which is the same for love "love handles" and "saddlebags". Additionally, some women do complain about fat in the inner thighs. This can be smooth which means there is no cellulite; if it's irregular then it is cellulite in the inner thighs.
Not all fat is cellulite
Those of you reading this will be happy to know there are fat deposits on the thighs which do not fall in the category of cellulite. In summary, saddlebags, banana rolls, fat knees and fat in the inner thigh is not cellulite if it's smooth.
Taking the Cellulite Self-Exam
Use a full length mirror and good lighting to analyze your cellulite grade. It's best to wear black underwear during the cellulite examination. Black brings out the imperfections in the skin whereas pastels diminish the defects. If you want to truly get a good cellulite self-evaluation, do it in black underwear, preferably in a g-string or thong.
Cellulite: the frontal view
During the cellulite self-exam, you will look at your legs from four positions. The first being the frontal view. While approximately 2-3 feet away in front of the mirror with legs close together, look at your legs without bending at the waist. Bending at the waist can make the cellulite appear worse; this is referred to as functional cellulite. Just bend the neck slightly forward without moving the upper body and look for lumps, bumps and dimples. If you see these you have cellulite.
Cellulite: the side view
When examining the side of your legs, turn your side to the mirror. Do not rotate your trunk to look at your thighs, this will make it worse or again bring out the appearance of functional cellulite. Now, turn your head toward the mirror and look at your legs without twisting your upper body. If you see lumps, bumps and dimples, then you have cellulite.
Cellulite: the back view
Examining the back of the legs for cellulite can be tricky. With your back towards the mirror, Use a hand mirror and look at the reflection of your legs in the hand mirror. Again, avoid twisting to look. If you see lumps, bumps and dimples, then you have cellulite on the back of your legs.
Cellulite: the pinch test
If you have completed the examination and there is no evidence of visible lumps, bumps and dimples then you can proceed to the pinch test:
Separate your thumb and Index finger.
Grab an area of skin approximately two inches in width.
Squeeze the thumb and index fingers together.
If there is orange peel or mattress appearance to the skin this is cellulite.
The most common cellulite grading system is referred to as the Nurenberg Grading System. This is named after the German physician who invented it in 1972.
Once the examination is complete, you will want to grade yourself. There are four grades of cellulite ranging from grade 0-3. Dr. Bissoon usually refers to grade 3 cellulite as terminal cellulite - terminal, referring to the difficulty and prolonged time it requires to treat grade 3 cellulite.
Use the grading system below to determine the severity of your cellulite:
GRADE 0: There is no visible cellulite with standing. With pinching the skin, there is no appearance of cellulite. This grade of cellulite is rare and very desirable, however difficult to attain, but not impossible.
GRADE 1: There is no cellulite when standing, however, when you pinch the skin on the thighs, you will see the appearance of orange peel or mattress appearance of the skin. This is also a desirable grade.
GRADE 2: There is visible cellulite while standing, but it is not visible when lying.
GRADE 3: There is visible cellulite while standing and laying down. This grade is extremely rare and difficult to treat.
Once you are finished with your examination and grading, you will want to check for what Dr. Bissoon refers as Celebrity Cellulite or Functional Cellulite.
Why do people have cellulite?
We list a few reasons behind why cellulite affects so many people in this article. Cellulite is a new, modern problem that now affects 90% of women, though in the past few women had cellulite. There are even tribes today who do not have cellulite. Why do some cultures have more than others? It has a lot to do with nutrients, diet diversity, soil quality, and sedentary lifestyles - but there are solutions.
Mesotherapy is a medical specialty where traditional pharmaceutical medications, homeopathic medications, vitamins, minerals and amino acids are injected into the skin and fat, resulting in reduced cellulite.