A validated photonumeric cellulite severity scale for the area above the knees: the knee cellulite severity score

S. Longhitano, H. Galadari, S. Cascini, K. Shaniko, J. Chester, F. Farnetani, G. Pellacani, G. G. Urtis, S. Guida

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Abstract

Background: Treatment for cellulite above the knees is increasingly requested. However, a classification of cellulite of this area has not yet been developed. Objective: To validate the proposed knee cellulite severity score (KCSS) for the assessment of cellulite and skin laxity above the knee. Materials and methods: Based on standardized photographs of cellulite and skin laxity above the knees of 57 females (114 knees), three key morphological aspects of cellulite were identified. A photonumeric KCSS was developed and validated by three independent assessors. Results: The three key cellulite morphological features (number of depressions, depth of depressions and presence of laxity) are each graded from 0 to 3, producing a classification of no lesions (0), mild (1–3), moderate (4–6) and severe (7–9). Evaluators at different time points repeated similar classifications (intraclass correlation coefficient >0.9), which were also similar among the assessors (inter-observer reliability >0.9). All three key morphological aspects were deemed necessary, and positively contributed, to the overall scale (item-total correlation analysis values >0.89, P < 0.05). Conclusions: The KCSS is a consistent, comprehensive, reliable, and reproducible tool for standardized and objective assessment of the severity of cellulite and skin laxity above the knees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2152-2155
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume34
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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