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These Millennials Got Plastic Surgery and They Don't Care What You Think

Here's why they decided to go under the knife.
These Millennials Got Plastic Surgery and They Don't Care What You Think
IMAGE Courtesy of Belo Medical Group
Here's why they decided to go under the knife.

Whether we admit it or not, plastic surgery is a taboo subject in the Philippines. Even in a world full of 15-year-old Kylie Jenners secretly wishing for lip fillers, the discovery of someone going under the knife can still result in endless mockery and scathing judgment. Internet lurkers, especially those protected by anonymity, can be quite ruthless—which is why it comes as no surprise that some celebrities would rather relentlessly deny than simply admit getting a nose job or a liposuction.

However, such is not always the case. Four millennials, now being dubbed as Belo Medical Group’s #SelfieSquad, have fearlessly and unabatedly went public about getting plastic surgery. Patria David, Sam Azul, Paulo Gonzales, and Denise Bagtas starred in Belo’s most recent Nose Enhancement Campaign, and to state the obvious, all of them willingly admitted going under the knife.

“The core of this campaign is to empower people to have a choice and to do it for the right reasons, such as for self-expression and self-improvement,” says Dr. Vicki Belo. “[It’s about] encouraging them to make the bold choice, and that there is nothing wrong with making themselves look and feel their best.”

Below, Patria, Sam, Paulo, and Denise open up to Preview about getting Rhinoplasty, why they decided to do it, and why they couldn’t care less about what other people might say or think.

IMAGE Courtesy of Belo Medical Group

Patria David, 24, Graphic Artist

What made you want to undergo plastic surgery?

“The real deal is [because] I got nasty comments from people. Getting teased was really a bummer. But at the same time [when I found out about Rhinoplasty], I told myself, ‘Hmm, this seems legit. Why not try it?’ I am the type of person who does what I want.”

What made you decide to go public about getting your nose done?

“I don’t want to delete and deny. I want to be one of the few willing to admit and be proud of the fact that I am human and yes I want something to be done and to improve myself. Just like everyone else. [But at the same time,] I don’t want to be like everyone else—I won’t deny it. In fact, it’s about time people realized that enhancing your features is nothing to be shy about. Why hide? It made me feel better. Happier. That’s all that matters.”

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How do people usually react whenever they find out that you had your nose done?

“They usually never believe I had it done! All positive [feedback]. The best comments usually say ‘Wow, we wish we were as brave,’ or ‘Thank you for encouraging us to do the same.’”

How do you feel now after doing the surgery? How has it changed your life?

“I’m still me—a better, enhanced version of myself. I am 100 times more confident; my insecurities went out the door. I am happy.”

IMAGE Courtesy of Belo Medical Group

Sam Azul, 27, Nurse

What made you want to undergo plastic surgery?

“I admire my siblings’ noses and have always wanted to have mine look just like theirs! Since my siblings are blessed with more proportioned noses, I tend to compare mine to theirs. Then I realized how it had somehow affected my self-esteem, so I decided I’m finally going to do something about it. Now, my siblings and I all look camera-ready!”

What made you decide to go public about getting your nose done?

“I went public because I don’t want to be called a hypocrite. We now live in a time that everything is open. I don’t see anything wrong if I tell the whole world I had something done. I once heard Dr. Belo say that she wants people to become the ‘best version’ of themselves, and I believe that, too. There is no harm in doing what makes me happy, as long as I do not hurt or ruin anyone’s life. And I wanted to inspire others that there is no shame in making yourself look and feel more beautiful.”

How do people usually react whenever they find out that you had your nose done?

“This is actually the best part of the experience! They’re so surprised because, according to them, it looks so natural! They don’t even notice unless I tell them.”

How do you feel now after doing the surgery?

“I’m very much happy from the positive feedback that I got from other people. I feel more confident. Oh, and did I say it was a dream come true?! It’s the best decision that I’ve made and I’m glad I chose Belo because they have been experts in the cosmetic industry. I am content and extremely proud of the outcome.”

IMAGE Courtesy of Belo Medical Group

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Paulo Gonzales, 25, Flight Attendant

What made you want to undergo plastic surgery?

“To be honest, my nose has always been an issue for me. It’s silly because I would always tell my friends that I need to automatically angle my face whenever I take my photo so I can be at my best at every picture. But that wasn’t the entire reason why I did it. I’ve seen a lot of people who did it before and I also got inspired by them and that also gave me the courage to really want to enhance my nose. Six months before my surgery, it was a turning point and I finally decided that I’m gonna do it! Within those months, I was prepping my spirit, emotion, and mind about the decision I made. Because I know it’s something transformative that would totally change my being and life after the procedure. I don’t want to grow old frustrated about my look, [always] telling myself that ‘I should do it’ [and letting] another year pass and not actually doing it. I want to finally look in the mirror and my pictures, without being conscious and insecure about how I look.”

What made you decide to go public about getting your nose done?

“It’s one thing I considered before getting my surgery. I was pretty anxious thinking about it actually, especially [because of] my parents. I didn’t want them to know at first, but eventually I told my mom about it. Of course, being my mom, her initial reaction was that she was happy with the way I looked… but I wasn’t. Before doing it, I knew a lot of people will question my transformation. Many will be wondering what’s new about my face, or worse, I know that there would be people within my circle going through the archives of my Facebook or an old HS/college photo, creating a before-and-after picture of me, trying to confirm if I had work of science done on my face. Which actually is my current reality.

“But, you’d come to a point wherein you’ll get tired of defending or denying to everyone whether you had something done. Also, I felt like I was lying to people and to myself… I don’t want to burden myself by always considering what other people would think. And that’s it.

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“The good thing about being honest and killing their curiosity [is that I’m now] able to live my life without hiding anything. I know eventually people will get tired talking about it. For me, it’s a matter of authentic living. Also, it’s partly because I’m lazy to delete old pictures. LOL.”

How do you feel now after doing the surgery?

“It totally changed my life big time! I’m more confident than I was—that feeling of being more comfortable in your own skin. I deserve to feel good about myself. I wake up every morning not even worrying how I look like. There’s that extra something [that boosted my] self-worth and confidence 1000 times. With all the worry and anxiety that I dealt with, now I ask myself, is it worth it? It’s definitely worth it.”

IMAGE Courtesy of Belo Medical Group

Denise Bagtas, 25, Brand Officer

What made you want to undergo plastic surgery?

“There is no single reason why I had it done. It’s better to say that life happened and life led me to this thirst of getting it done. Many factors contributed— to name a few: our obsession with social media, good looks can help me land that dream job, people are naturally attracted to beautiful things—and others are doing it, so why not? But I want to emphasize one particular reason: I did it because I love myself… I’ve always wanted to do Rhinoplasty just because I know I need it—my goal-oriented self will do whatever it takes to get it, but my smartass self knows only Belo should be touching my skin (laughs), so I’m glad that I’m done with my nose obsession and I did it with the best and safest surgical clinic.”

How do people usually react whenever they find out that you had your nose done?

“Saying it to anyone who is willing to listen about the procedure is like my newfound hobby. LOL! I love seeing their reaction every time I confess. I even show them my 'before' photo! The most common reaction that I get is that they will never think that I had it done because it looked super natural. I super recommend my doctor and the standards of Belo of just enhancing the feature that you have and not totally changing your whole look.”

How do you feel now after doing the surgery?

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“When I look at myself in the mirror I still see the old me—she’s just happier and more excited to face the world. Rhinoplasty can only fix your nose —all the other problems can only be solved if you keep a positive mind and if you work really hard.”

To know more, visit www.belomed.com.

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