Frequently Asked Questions

Polices

How do I make an appointment?


Please call our office at (803) 462-4800 to schedule a time for a free consultation to discuss the possibilities at Studio G Aesthetics or a treatment for one of our services.




When should I arrive for my appointment?


Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to ensure that you receive your service in its entirety. Late arrivals will limit the time of your service, thus lessening the treatment effectiveness and your experience. Your treatment will end at the scheduled time to accommodate the next guest’s scheduled appointment. The full value of your treatment will apply.




What if I arrive late to my appointment?


We require a minimum of 24-hours notice for any cancellation to avoid being charged a service fee. The service fee for missing an appointment without cancellation is $50.




What type of payments do you accept?


We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, verified checks, cash, and valid Studio G Aesthetics gift cards.




Are children allowed in the spa?


For optimal patient care and safety, children under the age of 16 are not permitted in the spa or in the client rooms unless the child is receiving treatment. Children receiving treatment must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have a signed consent on file.




Does Studio G accept refunds or exchanges?


Product returns or exchanges are accepted when accompanied by a receipt within 14 days. A product exchange or spa credit will be made available. No refunds on services.




Does Studio G have gift cards avaliable?


Gift Cards are available for specific services or for any dollar amount. Gift Cards can be used for services and/or products but are not redeemable for cash.




Are cell phones allowed?


As a courtesy to our other guests, we ask that you turn off your cell phones.




What should I wear?


This is a matter of personal preference, and we will never compromise your modesty. You will be given a robe to change into before your treatment(s). During all treatments you will be properly draped for ensured privacy. Under the robe? It’s up to you. Many guests choose to disrobe completely, but others prefer to leave their undergarments on. Therapists will only expose the portion of your body that is being treated at the time. If you are having a treatment for the first time, feel free to ask our spa attendant how you should be dressed. If you're coming in for our SmartLipo treatment it is best to wear loose fitting clothing. It is recommended that you wear a button up rather than a pullover.




What if I have special health concerns?


Please advise us of any health conditions, allergies, or injuries that could affect your treatments or use of our spa amenities when making your appointment reservation. First time guests will be asked to complete a personal health form prior to receiving any treatments. Communication with service provider is essential for you to receive the most personalized care. All information is confidential.





Injections

Will I swell or bruise post injection?


Every patient is different, so it’s hard to say. Some patients might experience both, but others experience neither. When the swelling or bruising presents varies too, but you will leave the office with post care instructions and how to manage both. For patients new to injections, we suggest to avoid scheduling your treatment immediately prior to an important event where you’ll have your picture taken. It also helps to take anti-inflammatory before or after your treatment.




How many units of neuromodulator will I need?


We will discuss the amount in detail during your initial consultation, which is always complimentary. Since this product’s popularity has grown, some women in their 20’s start getting injections as a preventative anti-aging approach. They only need 20 units for a noticeable result. Women just starting neuromodulator at age 50 to 60-years-old could need 30-40 units.




How often will I need to come in to maintain the results?


To get a natural result, we start with a minimal amount to see results within two weeks. If more is needed, she administers more at the follow up visit. In general, nueromodulators (like Botox®) are done every three to four months. Fillers, depending on the type you use, can last from four months to two years. The more regular you are with your maintenance, the less units or vials you will need on each visit. We have a BOTOX® and XEOMIN® membership avaliable. For more information click HERE.




How much filler should I plan on purchasing?


Filler is purchased by the syringe and the used amount depends on the area and patients age. For example, if you’re in you 20s, you might only need half of a vial for cheek fillers. In your 30s you might need a full vial, and if you’re in your 60s, three to four vials. We will discuss the area you want treated and approximately how many vials you might need at your initial complimentary consult.





Body Treatments

How do I know if Ultherapy® is right for me?


A good candidate for Ultherapy® is someone with some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin, or lines and wrinkles on the chest, are signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their 30s and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy® is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, there are many people who want some facial lifting but are not ready for surgery, whether mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to "stay ahead of the game," as well as patients wanting an aesthetic maintenance option.




What are the side effects of Ultherapy®?


There may be slight redness that typically resolves within a few hours following the treatment. Some patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.




What does the Ultherapy® treatment feel like?


As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you may feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, stimulating the collagen-building process. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.




How does Ultherapy® differ from other laser treatments?


Ultherapy® uses sound energy — tried-and-true ultrasound — which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic device. Ultherapy® ultrasound stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over two to three months. Some lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers. Typically, laser treatments also only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift skin.




What is Ultherapy®?


Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, and brow, and improving lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. Ultherapy® uses microfocused ultrasound to lift and tighten loose skin over time, without any downtime. For more information on Ultherapy® click HERE.




What is Smartlipo®?


Smartlipo® is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing the Smartlipo® laser fiber is inserted in targeted fatty areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fatty tissue for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall. For more information on Smartlipo® click HERE.




How do I know if Smartlipo® is right for me?


The best candidates for Smartlipo® are women and men who are not significantly overweight but have accumulated fat deposits such as love handles, flabby upper arms, excess neck or facial fat, or fat on the lower torso. A consultation with a Smartlipo® physician can provide you with the best information.




What does the Smartlipo® treatment feel like?


Because the area is anesthetized, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel a light pressure but it is a mild sensation. Following Smartlipo®, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout. A compression garment may be worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and the recommendation of your physician.




How long do Smartlipo® results last?


Smartlipo® permanently destroys fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.




What is the recovery time for Smartlipo®?


Smartlipo® is a minimally invasive procedure which usually requires only local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities within a day or two.




What is SculpSure®?


SculpSure® body contouring is a is a non-invasive treatment for the reduction of stubborn fat. Each 25 minute treatment can destroy up to 24%1 of treated fat cells without surgery. For more information on SclupSure® click HERE.




How do I know if SuclpSure® is right for me?


SculpSure® treatments are ideal for people with trouble spots, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.




What does the SculpSure® treatment feel like?


Most patients feel deep warmth and tingling sensations intermittently throughout the treatment, which is generally well-tolerated.




How long will the results of SculpSure® last?


Treated fat cells are eliminated during a treatment and will not regenerate. SculpSure® is an excellent complement to a healthy lifestyle. Optimal benefits are best achieved in combination with diet and exercise.




When will I see the results of SculpSure®?


Patients may start to see results as early as 6 weeks following treatment as the body begins to eliminate the destroyed fat cells, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks.





Microblading/Permanent Makeup

What is microblading?


Microblading is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.




How long does microblading take?


For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure. The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete.




What is the healing process for microblading?


The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.




Is the touch-up session necessary for microblading?


Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color!




Is microblading painful?


The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.




How long does microblading last?


Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan or use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.




What is permanent makeup?


Permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micropigment implantation” or “dermagraphics”. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.




How are permanent makeup procedures performed?


Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various devices, including the traditional tattoo coil machines, the pen or rotary machine (includes the digital rotary machines) and the non-machine or hand device. The process includes a consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for evaluating the healed design work and color of the pigment.




How long does the permanent makeup procedure last?


The initial procedure will generally take approximately two to three hours; there are records to establish; photographs to take; desired design and color to discuss; the procedure to perform; and the aftercare requirements to discuss. Follow up or color refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.




Is permanent makeup painful?


Most people experience some discomfort. This will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. There are different methods available to help with discomfort management, including various topical anesthetics that are specifically developed for our industry. Your permanent cosmetic professional should discuss these methods with you to determine which one is appropriate.




Do I need to have my permanent makeup touched up?


Often the tattooed color is not perfect after the initial procedure heals. Permanent cosmetic procedures are a process and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled.It is recommended that any required detail work to the original procedure be performed no sooner than four weeks after the original procedure.The minimum standard for follow-up detail work for lip procedures is six weeks. Lips have a different healing agenda than procedures performed on other parts of the face due to their delicate nature.The cited time frames will vary depending on the health profile and age of the client, but these are good minimum standards for consideration.





Facials

How often should I get a facial?


Once monthly facials are recommended to help aid in the cell turn over process which happens approximatly every 30 days. As we age, this cell turn over process slows down, contributing to dull sallow looking skin, fine lines, wrinkles, blackheads, congestion, and coursely textured skin. Monthly facials assist your body in doing more efficently what it is ”supposed” to do on its own.




What should I expect during a facial treatment?


Most facials consist of a double cleanse with steam, exfoliation, extractions with a skin analysis, facial and upper body massage, facial mask, and hydration. Depending on the facial and your skincare history, the exfoliation performed will vary. Different facial “add-ons” can be added to your treatment for a small additional fee. All facials are uniquely customized to target your specific skincare needs.




Will my skin be red or irriated after my facial?


Slight redness is normal after a facial, esspecially if you’ve recieved any sort of chemcial exfoliant such as a Glycolic or a Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or received a large amount of extractions. Slight irritation may be experienced during these instances, however it should not continue after your facial treatment has been completed. Certain skin types, including those who tend to be more sensitive, may be prone to experiencing more redness post treatment.




How can I maintain professional skincare results at home on a daily basis?


PCA Skincare offers a wide range of exceptional at home skincare products available for purchase. PCA products are avaliable for purchase at Studio G Aesthetics.




Can I receive a facial waxing on the same day as my facial?


Yes! Waxing is always done first, prior to your facial, for the upmost comfort and safety of your skin. Any areas waxed will be carefully avoided duing your facial exfoliation so as not to further irritate the skin.




Can men get facials too?


Absolutly! Facials are very benificial for men too, and can help reduce skin sensitivity from shaving as well as other concerns from lack of proper at home skincare. If you do suffer from sensitivity after shaving, it is recommended that you do not shave immediatley before your facial, as this can lead to further irritation.





Laser Hair Removal

What is laser hair removal?


Laser hair removal is a quick, outpatient procedure in which uses powerful laser energy to prevent hair growth. It works by emitting a laser that passes harmlessly through the patient’s skin and into the hair follicle. The targeted hair follicle is then heated and damaged, thereby inhibiting any future hair growth.




What are the risks of laser hair removal?


The most common risks associated with laser hair removal are skin irritation and minor pigment changes. In rare cases, some patients may experience blisters or scarring.




How can I prepare for laser hair removal?


To prepare for laser hair removal, we recommended that you discontinue waxing, plucking, and use of any depilatory cream four to five weeks before your treatment. About 24 hours prior to your treatment, we recommend that you shave the treatment area of all existing hair. By shaving, you’re reducing the amount of discomfort you may feel during the procedure and preventing your hair and skin from being burned by the laser.




What can I expect during a laser hair removal treatment?


A laser hair removal treatment is usually very short. It can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the target area. Before the procedure begins, your physician may apply an anesthetic cream to your skin, or recommend a mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) prior to the treatment to reduce any discomfort you may experience.




What is the recovery time for laser hair removal?


After the procedure has been completed, your skin may appear red or irritated. Luckily, this lasts only a day or so. It’s also extremely important to avoid the sun or use sunblock for a few weeks after the procedure, and avoid any plucking or waxing of the treatment area.




What can I expect after laser hair removal?


Immediately after the treatment you can apply cold compresses to the area to help alleviate any discomfort. Within a few weeks after the procedure, most patients may notice some new hair growth from the treated hair follicles that were inactive at the time. Because of this, most patients should expect to undergo multiple treatments. The overall results of each treatment rely greatly on an individual’s skin tone, hair type, and growth phase of the hair within the treatment area. Laser hair removal may not prevent hair from growing completely, but after multiple treatments, it can significantly reduce the amount of unwanted growth.





Membership

What are Studio G Memberships?


Studio G Aesthetics offers membership programs that give access to VIP pricing year-round, member-only promotions, and are the first to learn about new products and services.




What are the different memberships avaliable?


Studio G Aesthetics offers two membership packages. The first package is called ClubBTX6 and includes 6 units of Botox or Xeomin a month. The second package is called ClubBTX11 and includes 11 units of Botox or Xeomin a month. Both packages include free gifts and special pricing. (see next question for more info)




What is included with the membership packages?


The amount of Botox or Xeomin included in the membership depends on which membership you purchase. Both memberships include: One free signature facial 10% off all dermal fillers 11$ per unit of Xeomin and Botox 10% off PCA Skincare Products 10% off Day Spa Services You are also able to choose one of the following services monthly at no charge: Brow Wax Underarm Wax Chin Wax Lip Wax Brow Tint Lash Tint B12 Injection Spray Tan




What is the payment schedule for memberships?


Membership to either level of the VIP BTX Club involves a one-time registration fee and a monthly membership fee. Monthly payments for this membership shall occur on the anniversary day of each month. The member also has the option to pay for the annual membership in full at the time of enrollment.





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