PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Amy Simpson was addicted to meth. She’s been clean and sober for 4 years, but the drugs took a toll on her appearance.
“The meth is a really dirty drug and the way my body processed it, a lot of the toxins and impurities of the drug would come out of my skin,” she told KOIN 6 News. “An obsession for me was picking.”
She wasn’t sure what she could do until the co-founder of a Portland aesthetics clinic stepped in to help.
Nurse practioner and Skin by Lovely co-founder Lovely Laban listened to Simpson and decided to provide injectable treatments at no cost. Generally, these treatments would be around $9000.
“Just with her background and history she is someone I really wanted to help. Whatever I could do to smooth out the area and boost her self confidence,” Laban said.
Laban said Simpson’s skin was so scarred and she knew the procedures would be a challenge.
“When we break up that scar tissue and you’re actually stimulating more collagen you get a longer life with a filler,” she said. The fillers usually last about 2.5 years.
Though Simpson has more treatments ahead, the procedure has made a difference — both externally and internally.
“I can run out of the house and go to the store and I don’t have to worry about covering my face up and be ashamed when people look at me and insecure in social situations,” she said.
Simpson is also in school to become a drug and alcohol counselor — which is another reason Laban felt compelled to do these treatments.