The specific structure of skin and connective tissue, and the way they react to female hormones, means that cellulite almost exclusively affects women. Women generally have a more delicate and flexible dermis than men. They also have more subcutaneous fat cells. In women, the collagen fibres that prevent tearing and ensure elasticity have a parallel structure, while in men they are interwoven to form a mesh. That means female fat cells can push through the collagen fibres and become visible on the surface – resulting in the dimpled skin characteristic of cellulite. Cellulite primarily affects the upper thighs and buttocks. It is exacerbated by excess weight and weak connective tissue, which can lead to unsightly ‘cottage cheese’ skin. At the HAUT- UND LASERZENTRUM AN DER OPER we offer a range of treatments that visibly reduce cellulite.