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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dra. Vicky Belo

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Victoria G. Belo, popularly known as Dr. Vicky Belo, is a renowned cosmetic surgeon in the Philippines. She is famous for having performed dermatological services on high-profile members of the Philippine showbiz.


Belo earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1978. She attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1985. She obtained a Diploma in Dermatology from the Institute of Dermatology in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1990.


Belo trained in Dermatologic Surgery at the Scripps Clinics in San Diego, California. She also trained in Cutaneous Laser Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1993. She studied Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Surgery at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in the University of California at San Francisco in 1995.She studied Advance Techniques in Phlebology at the Pauline Raymond-Martimbeau Vein Institute in Texas. She took an intensive course in Liposuction under Dr. Jeffrey Klein in San Juan Capistrano, California; and in Laser Assisted Liposuction under Dr. Rodrigo Neira.

Belo pioneereed in the New Aptos Thread Seamless Facelift, training with Doctors Marlen and Georges Sulamanidze.


Belo has pioneered the following procedures in cosmetic surgery in the Philippines: First Skin Laser Carbon Dioxide in 1990; Tumescent Liposuction in 1991; Ultrapulse Laser for Resurfacing and Blepharoplasty in 1994; Versapulse Laser for Tattoos and Veins in 1996; Botox in 1997; Restylane/Perlane, Microdermabrasion, and Power Peel in 1998; Endermology in 1999; Laser Assisted Liposuction in 2000; Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Light Sheer Hair Removal in 2001; Aptos Thread Facelifts and Lift 6 in 2002; Cool Glide, Clearlight for Acne, and Stem Cell Auto Grafting (SCAG) in 2003; Electro-Optical Synergy (ELOS) Technology: Polaris, Aurora and Velasmooth (Lipolite), and Mesotherapy in 2004; and Thermage, Multiclear, Jet Peel, and Carboxytherapy in 2005.

She is a frequent resource speaker and guest lecturer in several organizations in the Philippines and abroad, such as the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons in Washington, D.C.; the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery in Portland, Oregon; the World Congress on Liposuction Surgery in Pasadena, California; the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; and the International Darmstadt Convention on Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (Quantum SR): Asian Experience in Frankfurt, Germany and USA.

Business Interests:

Belo is the Medical Director of the Belo Medical Group. The Group owns and operates six (6) medical clinics in highly urbanized locations in Metro Manila--Medical Plaza in Makati City, Tektite Towers in Ortigas Center, Westgate in Alabang, Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Connecticut Street in Greenhills, and Rustan’s Shopping Mall in Makati City.


Belo is not a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society because she did not train in dermatology locally and passed the local dermatological exam. Nevertheless, she is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Lipoplastic Surgery, the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons (ISCLS), the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the Foundation for Facial Plastic Surgery, and is a Founding Officer of the Philippine Liposuction Surgery.

However the American Academy of Dermatology is not the certifying body for dermatology and one can only be called a dermatologist after being Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology.It is interesting to note that the Phillipines does not recognize Miss Bello as a dermatologist and neither does the United States.She is however a highly skilled aesthetic physician with a special interest in dermatology.

Private Life:

Belo is a former aerobics and group fitness trainer. She hoards chocolate bars and candies imported from trips in the United States and Europe, keeping all of them inside her refrigerator. She is famous for being associated both professionally and personally with prominent members of the Philippine showbiz, such as multi-awarded actress and singer Sharon Cuneta, and talkshow host Boy Abunda.