HN Q&A

‘ Everything that has happened in my life has led me to where i am at.’ – Dr Hilda Ashio Titiloye

Dr Hilda Ashio Titiloye is a Nigerian registered and licensed medical practitioner with post-graduate training in dermatology and aesthetic medicine from the prestigious Queen Mary University of London and University of Cordoba, Spain respectively. She is a member of the Nigerian Medical association, an associate member of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists, an associate member of the European College of Aesthetic Medicine and a member of the International association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine.

Dr Hilda Ashio Titiloye has always had a great interest in skin care and beauty, these have been fused into this passion and pursuit of beauty using evidence based medicine which she presently offers her patients.

Read our Q&A with her and be inspired.

In Your words, who is Dr Hilda Titiloye?
I am the first of 4 children from a close knit middle class family. Now a happy wife and mother of 2 boisterous boys. I have a first degree in medicine and surgery from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and post graduate training in Dermatology and Aesthetic medicine from the Queen Mary University of London and University of Córdoba in Spain respectively. I have worked in the field of Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine for the past 10 years.

What are three words that best describe you?
Perfectionist, Tenacious, Creative

What are the top 3 impactful things you have done/achieved in the past one year?
Commencing CSR activities at SKIN101
Taking a weekday off work to dedicate to taking care of myself and my interests.
Delegating more.

Take us through your journey to Skin 101… Why Skin?
After my postgraduate training and fully coming back to Nigeria, I yearned to have or work at a practice similar to those I had seen where I trained. A practice where you would walk in and receive same or even better level of care and service as seen abroad. That desire planted the seed for SKIN101.

Now, why skin? I have always been attracted to beauty and it’s improvement or enhancement. I realized very early on that the area of medical practice that would make me happiest will be areas where I can use my artistic and innovative gift…so while in medical school, my plan and dream was to become a plastic surgeon! During my undergraduate clinical postings and during housemanship, plastic surgery postings were when I was the happiest at work. Right after school and house job I got married and started having children, at the time I couldn’t imagine going through a rigorous surgical residency and coping with caring for my young son. And luckily that was around when Aesthetic medicine started getting popular, I then decided to learn abit more about it. Aesthetic medicine is the improvement and enhancement of physical appearance using non surgical treatments. This branch of medicine really did seem like the next best thing; this was an opportunity to practice in a field of medicine where I could beautify, something I absolutely loved to do and without the need for a surgical intervention for the patient. It fit right into my career desires. But, there was no such training in Nigeria, or even Africa at the time. So I opted out of a local residency program, got post graduate trainings abroad in both dermatology and Aesthetic medicine… and that in summary is how my career started as an Aesthetic Physician and how SKIN101 started too.

If you could go back in time, would you have done anything differently?
No. I have no regrets, everything that has happened in my life has led me to where i am at.
Though at the furthest back of my mind I still wish I could have gone through that plastic surgery training. Lol. But I don’t regret anything.

What is one piece of advice would you offer a younger Hilda?
Don’t worry so much Hilda, all will be well in the end.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
My thoughts shape my life.

What are you currently working on that you’d love everyone reading to know about?
I will keep that a secret…for now! Lol

What is your take on “Women Supporting Women”?
I beg to differ when people say women don’t support each other. Or better still I should say that my experience has been different. I have been tremendously blessed with the best female friends, female acquaintances, female support system and cheerleaders. And while many of our clientele are women, some of which can be quite challenging to deal with, most of them are genuinely happy at a woman owned business that is able to provide an excellent service, we can see feel the joy they have for the growth and progress SKiN101 has had. I truly feel support all around me from the women in my life more times than not.

Share one life lesson you will be taking away from this special year, 2020.
I will live and enjoy my life to the fullest at every opportunity I get. No more delaying my gratification and baby girl life till I achieve this or that goal. Lol

What is one bad habit you are committed to changing?
Procrastination

What would you like to be remembered for?
Touching lives and contributing to transforming the beauty industry in Africa.

More About Her

She has been fortunate to work with and under one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in Nigeria and West Africa, gathering more than 10 years’ experience in the fields of mainstream dermatology and aesthetic medicine. She has vast experience in the management of cosmetic and non-cosmetic conditions in Skin of color. Her keen eye for perfection and finger dexterity along with the use of science give her an edge, allowing her to produce spectacular yet natural results for her patients that require aesthetic medical services. She has had vast training specifically in the use of botox, dermal fillers including but not limited to juvederm, sculptra, body shaping and sculpting techniques, mesotherapy and many other areas of Aesthetic medicine.

Aesthetic medicine is a new, exciting branch of medicine that is aimed at improving appearance through minimally invasive medical procedures and treatments. It is a rapidly evolving field with new technology being introduced daily. Dr Hilda is continuously training and re-training in both new and old areas of Aesthetic medicine, constantly fine tuning her skills to improve the level of expertise she provides her patients.

Dr Hilda Ashio Titiloye is the Clinic director  and lead Aesthetic Physician at the SKIN101 center, a full spectrum cosmetic medical facility with a Medical spa, Aesthetic clinic, Dermatology clinic and Plastic surgery unit all under one roof. Under her supervision, patients are given the highest level of care with empathy and professionalism. She is an avid advocate for the promotion of healthy ethnic skin and wellness. She has spoken on the subject of skin health and medical aesthetics at multiple fora including seminars and conferences. She is currently the Principal of Beauty Therapy Institute Abuja, an Advisor to the Board of directors at the Spa and wellness association of Africa(SWAA) and also a past juror on the 2020 L’Oréal African hair and skin research grant selection.

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