Cellulite is the name given to the dimpled appearance of skin usually on the thighs, hips, abdomen, and buttocks. Hormones, age, genetic factors, and dietary and lifestyle habits all contribute to the development of cellulite.
Fibrous connective tissue similar to cords connect the skin to muscle, and fat lies in between these two layers. When the layer of fat thickens, the cords tighten and pull downwards toward the muscle, while the fat layer pushes upwards toward the skin. This is what creates the dimpled appearance of cellulite.