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A New Look at Cellulite, Part 1

By: Peter T. Pugliese, MD
Posted: June 26, 2008, from the July 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Figure 4 shows the difference between a male thigh without cellulite and a female thigh with cellulite. The fine details of cellulite are not visible in these sections as they are “fixed” tissue; that is, they are essentially frozen in time by chemical means called fixation. Notice that the thickness of the female thigh is much greater than the male thigh, and that the fat globules are larger. In addition, the collagen bundles are more defined in the male than in the female.

In part two of this article, learn about the pathological changes in cellulite tissues, as well as a new treatment for cellulite.

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