At 50, I never thought I’d get a fresher, younger and more attractive face, but that was before I met Shelly Botsford. I guess I discovered Shelly and her Pure Skin Treatment Services here in Bismarck the way most people find Shelly – by word of mouth. In my case, she was referred to by a friend from high school. Rhonda knows Shelly well enough to feel confident in referring her services to me. That turned out to be a good fit, and at just the right time. I had just turned 50 – I’d had Botox once and liked the results well enough, but I’d also heard good things about Dysport and wanted to give it a try. A friend of mine had told me about her great long-term results from Dysport, so I called Shelly’s office and scheduled my first treatment. She used Dysport on my forehead and brow line – and the results, you can’t even believe. It seemed to kick in quicker for me than Botox did, and I was so amazed at how it flattens out my forehead brow wrinkles. I got a great result. My second treatment involved Botox first and then Dysport, and the verdict is still out, which is better. Shelly explained that the more you use of either one of these, the longer they last for you. The initial results look good, and I’ll definitely do it again. But once we met, Shelly asked me about what else about my appearance I’d like to improve. I told her that I had some facial scarring from a motorcycle accident 30 years ago, and she told me she could alleviate that scarring by using a combination of laser treatments and injectable fillers. She was right. The laser treatment has been very nice. I’ve heard that sometime, with laser treatments, you peel and look like hell for days, but with Shelly’s treatment, there was just a bit of redness and swelling – I put some ice on it and it went away in a couple of hours. Makeup covers any signs of the treatment while they’re in progress, so they don’t interrupt the functions of your life – you don’t have to take time away from “life” to heal. Shelly explained that was because of the particular laser she uses on scars. There was no down-time from these laser treatments – I’ve had two of them now, with no problems at all. First, she treated the scars across the bridge of my nose with the laser, then with fillers. It’s amazing, after 30 years, what a difference it makes. I’ve also had some filler in my lips – it was quite an experience, it really is. I admit I’d been a bit “freaked out” by a friend’s painful experience – not with Shelly – but before she treated me, Shelly used some numbing cream and a cold roller, and it wasn’t painful at all. As she’d told me what to expect, there was a bit of swelling the next day or two, but it quickly “calms down.” I was afraid I’d look like an “extra” from Planet of the Apes, but there was just a bit of temporary swelling. There was no pain – but my lips were a bit poofy – by that I mean puffy, a bit swollen.