Economics of Aesthetics: Glee, Charice, Botox and Belo
I am not familiar with Charice Pempengco, but I am familiar with Glee. It’s a funny musical series that promotes the credo of being true to yourself. So imagine my disgust when I came across this chismis article, wherein “Doctor” Vicki Belo told the 18-year-old girl that her gum-chewing habits made her face big and that she needed Botox and Thermage — both are anti-aging methods — to make her face less round.
Um. My gosh. I can’t believe anyone would buy that. I also can’t believe Belo’s audacity to actually say this kind of garbage in an interview. This article is very personal to me for two reasons:
- Glee. Notice that the most popular cast members did not whittle down their noses or their weights because those are what made them stellar.
- The ethics of Belo’s medical group.
I remember a few years back when I had an allergy attack caused by the antibiotics cotrimoxazole. (If you’re going to read that old post, scroll down for the negative points.) The drug not only gave me hellish migraines, it also caused me to break out all over. I went to the Belo clinic in Rustan’s to have it treated.
The Belo “doctors” solution: Spanish peel. Which did make my skin glow so beautifully, but did not treat my allergy.
You know what else the “doctors” did? They basically told me everything else that was wrong with me aesthetically, starting from my skin color and then attempted to sell me glutathione shots. I think they’re very much used to insecure women who aren’t very comfortable in their skin. They probably have never come across people like me, who actually went to them for REAL TREATMENT. Which I never got. I wanted to get rid of an allergy, not get a makeover.
While the “doctor” was telling me how my tan is so out of season, I wanted to stab him with the closest syringe. If he had started on my nose (which I never edit in photos, no matter how much I am tempted to), I would probably ask him if he had needed to sell his soul just to look like a friggin’ vampire. Ooh, the Edward Cullen look is so in!
I never did get to post about how my allergy healed. A friend, Danica Cervantes, helped me out by introducing me to her uncle, Dr. Gio Dimayuga. Google him and you’ll find that he is a real doctor. Real doctors treat the source of the problem. Internally. They also tell you when you don’t need any sort of procedure. More importantly, they will never feed you some crock about gum-chewing just to bamboozle you out of your hard-earned money.
(And probably your career, too, for I can’t imagine Charice belting out while her jaw muscles are paralyzed with Botox. Maybe if she sings everything in falsetto…)
This is the height of irresponsibility, Belo. Really. Charice should not be getting Botox or Thermage at her age. You commercial doctors just keep “treating” patients who do not need your kind of “treatment”. Ethical doctors tell patients WHEN THEY DO NOT NEED THIS.
There ought to be a law against people like you.