Many women, myself included, report that cellulite can be physically painful. It’s strange how the mainstream medical community responds to this claim.
Cognitive studies show that people have an overwhelming tendency to discount information that does not fit in with what they expect to see. It’s not that we see what we want to see, we see what we expect to see.
Most doctors continue to believe that cellulite is purely a cosmetic condition. Therefore if a woman reports that her cellulite hurts, the pain must be a result of a different condition and not the cellulite (Exhibit A: see the response to this question about painful cellulite on WebMD). This way they can go on believing that cellulite is harmless and not worth their time to address.
This does not change the fact that many women have noticed that cellulite hurts. And it doesn’t explain the fact that my cellulite no longer hurts now that I’ve been treating it with success (although I still have some visible rimples and dimples, hence the SAS).
In this month’s Cellulite BOTM, The Cellulite Secret: Why You Have It and How to Lose It, Shonagh Walker acknowledges that cellulite can be painful. She also offers an explanation.
Cellulite develops when fat and fluids accumulate in subcutaneous tissue, the fatty tissue just below the skin. This tissue is connected to the skin through fibrous bands called septae. Cellulite forms when these bands become rigid and pull down against the connecting fat cells, creating an uneven appearance on the skin. As Shonagh explains, nerve endings can also become compressed and tender in this process which accounts for the pain many women experience with cellulite.
What do you think of Shonagh’s explanation? Do you think it makes sense? Is it overly simplistic? Does YOUR cellulite hurt?
Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation. Things are a little quite around here at the moment. I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home. Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!