Dr. Vicki Belo did not only cement her name as the most celebrated dermatologist and doctor to the stars. She is also known for pioneering the skincare, laser, and liposuction industry, and revolutionizing the advancement of the medical aesthetic industry in the Philippines.
As of this writing, she successfully established her own beauty empire, the Belo Medical Group. Her company is currently operating up to 14 clinics throughout Metro Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City.
The Humble Beginning
During her childhood, Vicki Belo was greatly bullied by her classmates in school for being an adopted child. According to her, she was given by her parents because she was simply fat and ugly. Driven by her unfortunate past, she promised herself that she will make everyone beautiful when she grows up.
“When I grow up, I will make everyone beautiful and sexy so they will be loved and not given away.”
Then, during her teenage years, the bullying still continued. It became worse because she started having pimples. She even went to a dermatologist but nobody could help her.
“I should become a dermatologist and find the cure myself and help other people who have the same problems. If we can get the physical insecurities we have out of the way, we can be more self-confident and inspired.”
Turning Dreams Into Reality
Upon following her dreams, she took a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas and a Diploma in Dermatology from the Institute of Dermatology in Bangkok, Thailand. She also trained in Dermatologic and Laser Surgery at the Harvard University.
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Vickie Belo then opened her very first clinic at the Medical Towers in Makati in 1990. As of now, she is the President and Medical Director of her own beauty empire, the Belo Medical Group.