More than 80% of women have it, and many of them continue to spend hundreds, or even thousands a month to attempt to get rid of it -- the dreaded cellulite.

While it may not be life-threatening, unwanted fat often leading to the infamous 'cottage cheese' thighs are a cause for concern for women both young and old, making procedures like SmartLipo Laser more popular than ever before.

But what are the risks and potential results? We asked Dr. Alex Martin, Medical Director at the MetroMD Institute of Regenerative Medicine to explain it all:

Dr. Martin, how do these new lipo procedures work?

SmartLipo laser utilizes Cellulaze, a computer-aided laser ray procedure to dislocate fat cells and tissues resulting in their retraction and coagulation for long-lasting, cellulite-free regions.

Are the procedures painful? 

Contrary to traditional liposuction surgery, SmartLipo laser's technology inserts energy into the fatty area of choice to burn the excessive fat and liquify it. This new technology is virtually harmless, and does not cause damage to the other soft tissues of the body like invasive procedures can.

What is the expected recovery time?   

The average patient heals very quickly, without the need to sit for days and perhaps months to get back to normal life. Walking, running or doing other tasks have been reported just days following the procedures.   

Are these procedures FDA Approved?

Yes. Both the SmartLipo laser procedure and the Cellulaze device are approved by the Federal Drug Administration, and should be used only by experienced professionals. 

Are results guaranteed? 

Best results can be expected by those who are not significantly overweight, but have stubborn clusters of fatty areas often in places like the face, chin, around the waist, thighs, and belly.

Would you opt for SmartLipo? Tell us with a note below!