Welcome to April-Spring & Co.
Beauty by April-Spring
Cosmetic Permanent Makeup Studio in Charlotte (Ballantyne), North Carolina
Permanent makeup makes it easy to feel gorgeous around the clock, without the need to spend hours in front of a mirror. My cosmetic procedures have minimal pain and no downtime. Results are long-lasting (typically 1-3 years), which allows you to change your look as your face and trends change over time. I understand the importance and consideration that goes into getting permanent makeup services and microblading.
Licensed in North Carolina and Florida, my clients come from all around the southern states. With over 17 years in the beauty field, my expertise as a traditional MUA, with my Permanent Makeup, Tattooing and Microblading artistry offers my clients the professional and personal touch everyone is looking for.
(Includes 6-8 Week Follow up)
With eyebrow microblading, you’ll wake up and go to sleep feeling beautiful, and you’ll get hours of your life back from the hassle of drawing and filling in your eyebrow makeup! You’ll no longer worry about your eyebrows coming off in the pool or in a workout session, or anywhere. With new confidence and more time, my clients rave about how life-changing this procedure is!
(Includes 6-8 Week Follow up)
The ombre' powder technique will create an even fuller, powdery looking brow, similar to the polished look you have when filling in your brows with powder at home. Thousands of dots of custom blended, hypo-allergenic pigment can cover up old brows, lost brows and bald spots. Those with oily skin especially love this service due to makeup wearing off quickly. This look provides additional soft definition to beautifully accentuate your eyes, and is especially helpful to those with oily skin.
* Classic Microblading & Shading (Includes 6-8 Week Follow up)
Eyebrow microblading and ombre' mixed techniques got its start in Asia, recently exploded in Europe and is currently one of the hottest beauty trends in the United States, being touted by celebrities and covered recently in publications like Marie Claire, Allure, InStyle, Cosmopolitan and Elle. I am not new to the trend however, I have perfected this technique and offer my clients the best of the best in the brow world. This technique is by far my personal favorite!
$350-$950 *Depending on area and desired results
What is Hyaluron Pen
This is the latest trend and the NATURAL alternative to synthetic facial fillers. If you shy away from needles this could be the answer, for people who have a needle phobia and are looking to Plump Lips, Cheeks and reduce the depth of Lines and Wrinkles. This NO NEEDLE Hyaluronic Filler Pen treatment is an affordable pain free option. Filler with the needle can be very painful. There is bleeding and bruising involved not to mention the trauma to the skin from the needle can actually cause scar tissue!
The Hylaron pen uses pressure to deliver hyaluronic acid into the skin. The ingredients rejuvenate and lift the skin, providing hydration and stimulating collagen production leaving lips plump and wrinkles filled in.
The Hyaluron filler treatment re hydrates the skin. There is little or no pain, clients describe the sensation as similar to very slight pins and needles and there is no recovery time.
What is Hyaluronic Acid
A natural sugar found in the human body, Hyaluronic Acid is the main structural element of connective tissue. It’s function is to attract water and keep skin hydrated, plump and youthful. As we age, the body decreases the amount of Hyaluronic Acid and collagen fibers. They dry up and become thinner, resulting in loss of hydration and elasticity. This causes skin to sag and wrinkles to form by adding hyaluronic acid into the skin we revive the collagen and promote a fresher, plumper effect. As the human body creates Hyaluronic Acid naturally it is impossible to be allergic to it. Of course that’s keeping in mind that the product being used is pure, sterile, with no added buffers, or from animals!
How Does it Work
Hyaluron Pen is a rather simplistic device that generates enough pressure to launch Hyaluronic acid mixture into human skin. This service is considered to be little or no pain, in some cases the sensation is described as pins and needles.
Difference between the Hyaluron Pen and needle filler injections?
Needle fillers are injections that can have a large effect on the overall look of the human face. The thicker the filler is, the deeper it is injected and the larger and usually also permanent the effect is. When it comes to Hyaluron Pen the fillers that can be used are more liquid less dense and can only be inserted to the upper layer of dermis – Papillary dermis by a pressurized pen, not a syringe.
How long does this treatment last?
The results can last from 4-12 months, however clients lifestyle will have a factor in the longevity of this natural product. In areas that experience a lot of movement due to eating, talking, and smiling, the product may not last as long as other less active areas.
No recovery time is required, and clients can return to work, and carry out normal activities immediately ( except smoking for at least 10 hours after, unlike traditional fillers administered by traditional techniques. You are less likely to bruise but it can happen. There may be some slight swelling, redness, tenderness but only lasts for a few hours to 24/48 hours.
#1: Don’t expect initial fullness to stay the same.
Swelling and soreness after your filler treatment is completely normal and therefore the size of your lips or facial area swelling immediately after treatment is not a true reflection of the final result. Minor swelling can last between a few hours or day, possibly longer, depending on multiple factors.
#2: How to reduce swelling after fillers.
Be sure to follow the specific guidelines of your Cosmetic injector following your treatment.
Apply ice to treated area
Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water
Focus on eating healthy foods like fresh fruits & vegetables. The vitamins and minerals will assist with the healing process
Processed, spicy or fast foods
Heavy activity or exercise for the first two days after treatment
Excess salt – it makes you dehydrated!
Blood-thinning medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen (unless prescribed by your medical practitioner then please continue with these)
Smoking and smoke exposure
Do NOT have a facial, nor rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours after your treatment
Do NOT lie down or do strenuous exercise for three hours after treatment.
If lips were done avoid sexual activity
#3: Leave plenty of time for injectables prior to a big event, like a wedding.
Like everything associated with a big event, it’s all about planning! It’s always best to start a new treatment well before a big event. We recommend that you allow at least 2-3 weeks for your cosmetic injectable treatment to settle. If you’re a first time injectables client, we recommend 4 weeks prior to the event. Remember, every client is different, and results can vary between individuals.
Please be aware that some, though very few clients, experience a mild headache. You may take Tylenol or any natural remedy to help with this for pain relief
*The cost will vary depending on desired look and amount of Hyaluronic Acid used. Prices above are typical. Look for specials
Cosmetic Tattooing Services
Beauty for all
Say hello to perfectly defined eyes and lips all day and night!
From professionals to athletes to busy moms, more and more people are discovering the advantages of using permanent eyeliner. It enhances your appearance, saves valuable time, and most of all, it will never smear or rub off your skin!
$200.00 Per Service (Top or Bottom)
(Regularly $450.00 each)
(Includes 6-8 Week Follow up)
As your cosmetic tattoo artist I will first consult with you to get to know your lifestyle, personality and find out what you want in your permanent eyeliner look. Whether you’re looking for a subtle contour to accentuate your eyes or a dramatic cat eye look, I can do it all.
There’s no downtime after your 1-2 hour procedure, and you’ll immediately get to enjoy the benefits of having permanent eyeliner makeup that never smears or rubs off even through watery eyes, perspiration, sleep and the weather!
Lip Tinting and Shading
$299.00 Lip Liner - $299.00 Lip Shading (Regularly $450.00 each) (Includes 6-8 Week Follow up)
There’s no other makeup ritual that has to be repeated as often as the reapplication of lipsticks, liners and glosses. It smears off eating, drinking, sweating, kissing your baby or just by talking! Permanent lip tinting and shading frees you from the nuisance of reapplying lipstick ten times a day and the embarrassment of lipstick coming off on everything from mugs to a special someone’s face.
Lip tinting shapes and defines your natural lip line as well as enhances your natural lip color, giving your lips a healthy, sexy appearance.
$150.00 Per Session
A salt/saline solution is a common, effective approach to lightening tattoos. Although it is a slower process than other treatments, this method is popular because it is safer than other tattoo removal procedures. In addition, a salt/saline solution treatment is ideal for those with darker skin tones, those with sensitive skin and those who have had an allergic reaction to tattoo pigment. This method can lighten tattoos on any area, including around the eyes.
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Pre - Procedure Instructions
• Do not pick/tweeze/wax/tint, preform electrolysis 3 days before procedure.
• Do not tan two weeks prior to service or have a sunburned face.
• Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior.
• Do not work out the day of procedure (Before or After) .
• Do not have botox/fillers 3 weeks prior to the procedure.
• Do not take fish oil or vitamin E 1 week prior to procedure (They are natural blood thinners).
• Do not drink alcohol 24-48 hours prior to procedure (To avoid excessive bleeding).
• Do not consume coffee before procedure.
• Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen before your procedure (Blood thinners).
** Please note that clients who are on their menstrual cycle may be more sensitive.
**Smokers and those who bleed a lot tends to effect healing and pigment retention
Post Care Instructions *For all Intradermal Cosmetic Procedures
• Immediately following treatment gently blot the area with a clean tissue or paper towel to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5-10 minutes for the entire day or until the fluid access has stopped.
• Do not rub or pick at the epithelial crust, allow it to flake off on its own. There should be absolutely no scrubbing, cleansing creams, or chemicals used. Gently rinse the treated area with a mild antibacterial soap (Dial, Cetaphil, Neutrogena), rinse with water, and pat dry. Do not expose treated areas to the full water pressure of a shower until the area is healed.
• Do not soak treated area in a bath, swimming pool, or hot tub. Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated pool water for at least 2-4 weeks following your procedure.
• Limit sun exposure for 14 days following the procedure.
• Do not use any cleansing products containing Acids (Glycolic, Lactic or AHA).
• Apply a very tiny amount of aftercare ointment with a Q-tip to the area, be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate the area and delay healing.
*Major Heart Problems
*Prone to Keloid
*Allergic to numbing agents(lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine)
*Botox one month
*Accutane one year
*Active Acne around area
Do not pick or rub eyebrows. let any scabs naturally fall off
No Sun/Sunburn for 4 weeks
Apply sunscreen after 4 weeks to area
Avoid Retin A for 2 weeks
No Chemical tx, Laser tx, facials for 4 weeks
Avoid long hot showers first 10 days
Avoid sleeping on face for 10 days
Avoid pools, lakes, hot tubs first 10 days
Avoid exercise for first 5 days
No make-up on eyebrows for 7-10 days or until all scabs have fallen off
What can I expect at my microblading/tattooing appointment?
The client will be given a consent form to read over, discuss, and sign. Pictures will be taken before and after the procedure. I will then map out the shape of the eyebrow/liner/lips that best suites the clients face and eye shape. Both client and I examine, discuss and change shape of the outline, if necessary. Then I will apply a topical anesthetic to the procedure area for about 25 minutes. During the numbing process, a color consultation will take place. The process of the microblading/tattooing will then take place by implanting the pigment with the manual/automatic machine tool. Also, during the microblading/tattooing, a secondary numbing gel is applied throughout to help minimize discomfort. An ointment will be applied after the procedure is finished. The process takes between 120-150 minutes.
What is the healing process for brows?
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. Immediately following the treatment, the color will appear bold and dark, with more sharply defined lines for the first 7-10 days. After that, clients could lose up to 30-40% of the color intensity which will result in a more natural-looking brow. Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients, and will most likely subside within 24 hours. The area will become itchy due to your skin's natural way of healing itself. Small scabs will form within a couple of days and should slough off naturally leaving the new skin and tattoo underneath shiny. DO NOT pick or rub the area. Please be patient and wait the full 6-8 weeks until the healing process is over. Before the 6 weeks, it may seem like the pigment has been lost but the skin can regenerate the pigment up until 6-8 weeks. Any changes or additions can be made at your touch-up appointment
How long does microblading/ombre/hybrid Brows & Cosmetic Tattooing last?
*Please note that all results CANNOT be guaranteed. Every client has different skin types that will hold the pigment differently and break down at different rates. Because I have NO control over what occurs during the healing process, additional sessions may be needed after the touch up appointment to obtain optimal results. Additional charges will apply in these rare cases.
Microblading/Tattooing will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-2 years. There are many factors that come into play with how frequent a client needs to come back for a touch-up, which are: pigment color used (lighter pigments tend to fade faster), sun exposure of the area, iron deficiency, and the frequency of exfoliants or chemicals that come in contact with the area. Clients with dry skin tend to have more crisp hair like strokes than a client with oily skin who tend to have a blurred "filled-in" look. This is another reason for the touch-up, when the artist can re-evaluate how the clients skin has received the pigment and make changes as needed.
How many treatments are needed?
In most cases, only the initial microblading/cosmetic tatooing treatment followed by the touch-up at 6-8 weeks is needed. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly after the first session, do not worry because this is why this is a two(possibly 3+) session procedure. if you have extremely oily skin, a smoker, or out in the sun frequently you may need touch-ups more often throughout the year. Final results CANNOT be guaranteed as each skin type will hold pigment differently and break down at different rates. Additional sessions will be charged according to our current pricing.
Touch Up (Color Boost) 60-90 Minutes
Additional session needed (back to back from original tx/follow-up) $75
Within 4-6 months after last touch up $150-$250 *depending on procedure
Within 7-9 months after last touch up $250-$350 *depending on procedure
Within 10-12 months after last touch up $275-$375 *depending on procedure
Within 13-15 MONTHS after last touch up $350-$450 *depending on procedure
Within 16-18 months after last touch up $450-$500 *depending on procedure
within 19-23 months after last touch up $550-$700 *Depending on procedure/technique used
Prior work done by another artist?
Must have a consultation before booking for any procedure. Prior tattooing will dictate final results and possibilities.
(Prices listed at starting point, and are subject to change)
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style....
“Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to help women feel their most beautiful. It’s been my life’s mission that with my passion for beauty and love for my permanent makeup method, women will save precious time and wake up feeling gorgeous every day. When I see the beaming smiles on my clients’ faces, I know I’ve done my job.”
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
Vincent van Gogh
16147 Charlotte Hwy, Charlotte, NC 28277