It was a different experience for me last weekend, for instead of going out with my girlfriends, grabbing dinner or watching a movie, I attended an event for Beautynomics. Of course, how could I pass up when the Belo Medical Group asks you to attend their event? In half a heartbeat, it was a yes!
There’s too much to tell because I believe I had a total blast during this event, but let me break this down :
Going to Belo Med, and Dr. Hayden at First Sight
First, I was late! ( my bad! ). My eyes widened as I climbed up the stairs to see Dr. Hayden Kho sitting there, talking to the bloggers. Starstruck madness, TV does not do him justice x a million times! He was discussing Belo Med’s services that included Rhinoplasty ( fixing the nose ), Thermage ( very good for anti-aging and resurfacing ), tummy tucks, laser treatments, and beyond. I was actually enjoying his talk because even I like people who talk like they love their craft so much that they talk about it casually amidst the jargons injected in the conversations that made it easier to understand. I was able to learn that Belo Med diligently does their homework in outsourcing the latest in technologies related to the skin. I’m very impressed.
Dr. Vicki Belo’s Awesome Vibes
As Dr. Hayden was discussing on how Belo Med started, Dr. Vicky Belo, the founder and owner of Belo Medical Group breezed in, and I must admit that I was overwhelmed with the air of confidence in her. Her aura was very vibrant, energetic, and good. She seemed like a woman very happy with herself, and all fulfilled. She started talking about her childhood, telling us how she was branded ugly and fat, struggling to study dermatology, studying abroad for specializations, dealing with negative press, and rising above it all. She told the bloggers that she resolved to stop caring about what other people think, as long as she gets to help people in letting them know that such modern technology is existing in the country. I was very very inspired with her talk that I think I shed a tear with her story, as it was very similar to mine.
She also clarified that contrary to the common perception, 80% of Belo Medical’s services are non-surgical.
Cornering Dr. Hayden
After a few questions from the bloggers ( regarding their foundation, Ike and Nena Belo Foundation, and Belo Essentials, which are the mass version with the beneficial ingredients included ), we were allowed to roam around and try the treatments. With that, Phoebe and I decided to corner Dr. Hayden for some questions, beauty-curious as we are!
Turns out that acne is just inevitable, with all the pollution, stress, hormones, and stuff, but Dr. Hayden tells us that this can be controlled at least, suggesting the Rays of Inara, that can control oily skin, acne, and give some anti-aging treatment to the skin by controlled wavelengths of light. Dr. Hayden also mentioned keeping an eye for the ingredient hyaluronic acid in your beauty products, that would keep skin hydrated, and can retain moisture on the skin as well. ( Nu Skin Moisture Mist has this that’s why I’ve been using it ever since! )
Roaming Around the Beauty Wonderland
Okay, so it was time to check out the technology that Belo Med prides itself with. I was able to sneak in some rooms and check out several services.
This one’s the tool used for the Powerpeel. It’s a more advanced version of the Diamond Peel that uses crystals to slough of old skin, giving way to the new.
This one’s the Rays of Inara. Beneficial wavelengths of light giving some benefit to the skin such as anti-aging, anti-acne, or anti-oiliness depending on the need of the client.
This one’s Visia. I was so not ready for my closeup! This machine lets you see your skin in macro mode and see all your imperfections, and things you have to work on. I’d be able to face this when I’m alone, not in a crowd! Hahaha! But really, it lets you see what’s wrong with your skin, scientifically, in front of you and the dermatologist in charge will let you know what treatments or products are needed to cure your skin condition.
Well, while walking around and looking for “the treatment” that I’d love to try , AJ and I stumbled in Tenor, a non-invasive, non-surgical firming treatment ( be it the thighs, the butt, tummy, arms, or face ), so we went in and took the plunge!
Me, asking them to firm my arms. Haven’t been exercising, my arms are flabby.
AJ, asking to firm up his face.
Phoebe, with the arms.
Jane, with the arms, too.
The procedure starts with applying either Glycerin or Baby Oil to the part you want to be firm or toned. Then, the laser gun-like tool is used to massage that certain part, and it feels warmer and warmer, which was pretty tolerable. A session costs around 7,000 php for the arms, 8,000 for the tummy, and it would take around 4 sessions to see results, for firmer and more toned body parts. I totally loved it!
A millimeter of scar in the face, is like a kilometer of scar in the heart.
The bloggers capped the night by enjoying dinner with Dr. Hayden at Packo’s Grill. Overall, I had such a good time during the event, but I must say that what struck me the most is the talk that Dr. Vicki Belo did. I was near tears with her story because it was very similar to mine.
Way back in highschool, I was very optimistic and ready to face the world. Of course, I could not deny my hormones that I had acne ( and still have it now, though controlled ). I remember crushing on someone, and telling my friend about it. Then, my friend who is also a friend of this guy casually asks if the guy knew me, and the guy asks, “Oh, her, the one with lots of pimples?”
I never, ever, ever forgot that. I was simply reduced to someone with pimples.
It’s true what Dr. Vicki said, a millimeter of scar in the face is like a kilometer of scar in the heart. I never forgot about what he said, felt bad about myself, and started shying away from school activities whereas I was so active in performing during my grade school days.
Time passed, and I was able to gain my self esteem back by obsessing about beauty, that led me where I am today, passionately giving advice to girls out there on how to look their best, keeping their self esteem up, because I never ever want anyone to feel the hurt and self esteem crush that I have experienced way back. I’ve risen above it all, by studying and experimenting about beauty products, studying makeup artistry, anything that would help people look their best. My skin’s still far from perfect right now, I’m still saving up for a Fraxel/Pixel treatment to get rid of my scars permanently, but I don’t think that I will still be branded as “the girl with lots of pimples.” now. I can definitely relate to Dr. Vicki Belo’s experience, that I am inspired to go on and do my own thing in making people feel good about themselves. I thank Dr. Vicki Belo for inspiring us with her talk. I know some people can view us beauty writers as shallow and superficial, but the underlying reason for us having beauty blogs up is not brainwashing people with how people must look to be branded as beautiful, but to be able to salvage self esteem, because in this world, as Dr. Vicki Belo believes, is that beauty is instinctive. We need to look our best to feel best, to be able to get rid of those self esteem issues and just do what we must do.
Credit : photos of me and Phoebe by Jayvee Fernandez
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