Vicki Belo

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Vicky Belo


Victoria “Vicki” G. Belo (born 25 January 1956) is a cosmetic medical practitioner in the Philippines. She and her group of associates in Belo Medical Group have pioneered in many surgical and non-surgical procedures. Also known as the “Ambassadress of Beauty” and “Doctor to the Stars,” she made liposuction, IPL, lipolight, mesotherapy, and other procedures popular in the country.

She was once married to businessman Atom Henares. She is mother to film director Quark Henares and Cristalle.

Early life and education

Vicki is the adopted daughter of former Philippine Congressman and official delegate to the 1971 Philippine Constitutional Convention lawyer Enrique Belo.

She obtained her bachelor of science in pre-medicine from UP Diliman in 1978. She finished her degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1985, and received her diploma in dermatology from the Institute of Dermatology in 1990 in Bangkok, Thailand.

At present, Belo is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons, and the American Society of Lipoplastic Surgery.

Career

Belo was inspired by the song that went, "I learned the truth at 17, that life was meant for beauty queens." Growing up, Belo was intelligent but had on some weight and had bad skin. She stressed, though, that her goal in becoming a cosmetic practitioner is not to make people perfect, but to help people be the best they can be.

Belo's marketing and advertising of cosmetic surgery, liposuction, and breast enhancements have led to a profitable business.

In 1991, Belo started with lasers. She introduced botox in 1995. In 2005, Belo bought equipment for Thermage, MultiClear, Jet Peel and non-surgical facelift procedures. In 2008, she introduced the Laser Lipo and Body Tite. She aims to introduce the Stem Cells Lipo-procedures in 2013.

Belo's studied advanced techniques in phlebology the Pauline Raymond-Martimbeau Vein Institute; dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinics in San Diego, California; cutaneous laser surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; and skin rejuvenation and laser surgery at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, California.

In the Philippines, Belo is a pioneer in the new ultrasound Tumescent liposuction — a preceptorship with Dr. Jeffrey Klein in Capistrano, California — and in the Aptos Thread seamless facelift, for which she trained with Drs. Marlen and Georges Sulamanidze.

Dr. Belo is very much in the eye of the media. She has TV shows, billboard ads, and several celebrity endorsers. Her number one endorser Kris Aquino, the country's top TV and movie personality, severed ties with her on 1 June 2007, due to the scandal caused by Aquino's former husband James Yap's alleged involvement with a secretary from the Belo Medical Group.

Belo takes pride in her record that surpassed Malcolm Gladwell's “10,000 hours of practice required to achieve a level of mastery associated with being a world class expert in anything” as she has done 34,765 liposuctions, and 13,400 Rhinoplasty procedures.

Belo's Team

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Belo Medical Clinic

Belo Medical Group is a group specializing in cosmetic dermatology and surgery. It has stood in existence for more than a decade and has popularized several cosmetic and non-invasive procedures for the middle class.

Belo's medical team work hard to give the best care and treatments to their clients. Her team's passion for work help patients regain and uplift their confidence and boost their self-esteem.

Their clinic currently has 1,132 lasers for every condition; 63 RF Equipment; 26 Phototherapy Units; and 8 Ultrasound machines for various treatments, to name a few.

Belo's Branches

  • Alabang
  • Greenhills
  • Makati Medical Plaza
  • Makati Rustans
  • The Podium, Ortigas
  • Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Endorsers

After undergoing treatment from her clinic, many actors and actresses have become Belo's official endorsers. Among them were Lorna Tolentino, Rosanna Roces, Ai Ai de las Alas, Edu Manzano, and David Bunevacz.

New Endorsers

The prime endorsers include Sarah Geronimo, Katya Santos, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Pops Fernandez, Lucy Torres, Aga Muhlach, Albert Martinez, and Jericho Rosales.

John Estrada, Anne Curtis, Angel Locsin, Katrina Halili and Belo's boyfriend Hayden Kho also endorse the clinic.

Organizations

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Society of Lipoplastic Surgery
  • American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons (ISCLS)
  • International Society of Dermatologic Surgery
  • Foundation for Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Philippine Liposuction Surgery (Founding Officer)

Awards and recognitions

  • Number 1, Fraxel and Thermage
  • Platinum Award, Most Trusted Brands, 2010
  • Quadricentennial Award for Exemplary Service, University of Santo Tomas, 2011

Controversy

In May 2009, Vicki Belo figured in a controversy involving her lover Hayden Kho, a young Chinese-Filipino doctor and ramp model from Marinduque, when the latter's sex videos with GMA Network actress Katrina Halili leaked and spread over the Internet. The couple broke up at the height of the controversy.

Separate videos showed Kho engaging in explicit sexual acts with Halili, a Brazilian model, and a doctor-turned-commercial model. It was apparent that the videos were filmed in Kho's bedroom with the video camera hidden in his closet. The videos in question had been pulled out of YouTube and other media-sharing sites, although rogue clips continued to proliferate in blogs and were passed around through emails and in social networking sites. Copies have also been made and sold by video pirates.

A day after, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. immediately delivered a privilege speech denouncing Kho, calling him names. Revilla then asked the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) to revoke Kho’s medical license and called on the Senate to immediately pass Senate Bill (SB) 12, also known as the Anti-Pornography Act of 2007, a bill he filed two years ago. The bill aimed to "inflict heavy penalties on those who publish, broadcast, and exhibit pornographic material through the use of traditional media, cyberspace, mobile phones, and other media." As the scandal grew into a "national issue," several government agencies announced their intent to hold independent probes.

Rumors circulated that Belo was allegedly behind the reproduction and circulation of the scandalous videos, but she vehemently denied the accusations. Kho later on admitted to shooting the videos but said that he did not upload it over the Internet. He suspected his fraternity brother and schoolmate at Ateneo High School as the persons possibly responsible for the spread of the videos. Based on these allegations, the NBI has expanded its probe to cover not just Halili’s complaint of psychological violence against Kho, but also cybersex crimes.

Halili claimed that she did not know she was being filmed. She filed two counts of libel against Kho's mother who alleged in TV interviews that the actress was addicted to drugs and had turned her son into a drug user. The actress claimed that Irene Kho’s statements were all made to sway the attention of the public from Hayden Kho's wrongdoings.

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