Classification of Cellulite

There are 3 types of cellulite:

1. Aqueous cellulite is caused by water retention due to poor blood and lymph circulation. 

2. Adipose cellulite is often associated with excess weight. 

3. Fibrous cellulite has usually been present for a long time and often feels compact and even painful. 


Cellulite is often classified using three grades:

Grade 1: There are few obvious outward symptoms, but a microscopic examination of cells from the area detects underlying anatomical changes and pinching the skin shows an ‘orange peel’ appearance.

Grade 2: The skin will appear paler, be lower in temperature, and have decreased elasticity and show ‘orange peel’ appearance when standing up (though not when lying down).

Grade 3: Cellulite will be visible when standing up as well as lying down.