Adipose tissue is an important component of the skin. The skin is also known as the "integument", or "integumentary system".
Adipose tissue is found in the form of a thick layer under the skin, and also around the kidneys and in the buttocks. It consists of fibrous connective tissue and fat cells called adipocytes. The functions of adipose tissue include insulation and energy storage.
See also more detail, including diagrams, of the structure and functions of adipose tissue.
To view the location of adipose tissue relative to the other key components of the skin see the diagram of the structure of the skin. This may be of particular interest to students of courses in massage, reflexology, beauty therapies, and other health science or clinical courses.