From a Forensic Antropologist
Areolar cells: found in both the dermis and subcutaneous layers of the skin. It is a loose connective tissue that consists of a meshwork of collagen, elastic, and reticular fibers, its job is to bind with different tissue types.
Adipose cells: there are two types of adipose cells, white adipose cells which contain large fat droplets, and only a small amount of cytoplasm. Brown adipose cells contain fat droplets of differing sizes, and there usually a large amount of cytoplasm.
Damages that could be present:
Hypothermia- The subcutaneous fat layer thins, reducing its normal insulation and padding. This increases your risk of skin injury and reduces your ability to maintain body temperature. Also, because you have less natural insulation, you can get hypothermia in cold weather situations. Hypothermia is the condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, and typically one that is dangerously low.
Function of the Subcutaneous Layer:
- Storing Nutrients
- Insulation (Body temperature regulation)
- Acts as cushion for the outer layer of the skin (Epidermis)
- Gives smoothness and contour to the body
- Contains fat for use of energy
- Acts as a mechanical shock absorber