The Evolution of Cellulite

Initial Healthy Skin

Stage 1

During Stage One cellulite, the collagen and elastin striations start to become thinner as the fibroblasts do not create as many fibers and the cellular function slows down. The adipocytes begin to congregate and push their way up to the surface of the skin. The exchange process becomes less effective and the lymphatic system begins to back up. The capillary walls begin to lose elasticity and very necessary nutrients are dumped out into the interstitial fluid and become unusable as building blocks.

Stage 2

In Stage Two, the collagen and elastin present lessens even more as the fibroblasts continue to slow their function and less collagen and elastin is created. It is more difficult for the cells to produce the fibers due to increased blockage of the lymphatic system and breakage of collagen walls. This restricts the exchange process even further.

Stage 3

During Stage Three, the body begins to recognize the adipocyte groups as foreign to the subdermal layer and create a protein barrier around them to keep them “walled off”. This is the point where the percussion of the CelluSleek becomes invaluable. It is absolutely necessary to begin loosening the protein bands and stimulate the fibroblast. Once the fibroblast becomes more active and the collagen and elastin band becomes thicker, the cells begin to migrate back to their original position.

Stage 4

Finally, in Stage Four , the fibroblast activity is almost non-existent. The lymphatic system is backed up so that nothing can exchange causing extreme congestion. In addition, the capillary walls have practically shredded and nutrients are being lost into the interstitial fluid which makes it very hard to rebuild the collagen and elastin strands. Stage Four is very difficult cellulite to treat. It requires percussion to break down the protein strands which have gotten extremely hard and thick. Vibration is also necessary to soften the facia, while the suction is imperative to stimulating fibroblast activity.