World Cancer Day 2024

February the 4th is World Cancer Day 2024. We wanted to use this important day to raise awareness of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the UK.

There two main types: malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Here is some useful information to help make you aware of the symptoms of skin cancer.

Risk Factors

According to Cancer Research, a significant risk factor for developing skin cancer is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Almost 9 out of 10 skin cancer cases in the UK are caused by UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds. It damages the DNA in our skin cells and this damage can build up over time and lead to skin cancer. 

Age is another key risk factor with the majority of skin cancer cases occurring in those who are middle aged or elderly.

All skin types are at risk of skin cancer. But skin cancer is more common in fair-skinned people, who tend to burn easily or go red or freckle in the sun and whose skin does not tan. This is because they have less melanin. This is the protective layer in the skin.


Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for around 4% of all new cancer cases. Despite being less common than other forms of skin cancer, melanomas account for more cancer deaths than all other skin cancers combined. They can develop from existing moles, but more frequently appear as new marks on the skin.

Rates of malignant melanoma in the UK have risen faster than any other common cancer. It has never been more important to know what to look out for.

How to spot Melanoma

The ABCDE Melanoma Rule is an easy-to-remember system for determining whether a mole or growth may be melanoma.

Melanoma, skin cancer
ABCDE Melanoma Rule

ASYMMERTY - Melanoma is often asymmetrical, which means the shape isn’t uniform. Non-cancerous moles are typically uniform and symmetrical in shape.

BORDER - Melanoma often has borders that aren’t well defined or are irregular in shape, whereas non-cancerous moles usually have smooth, well-defined borders.

COLOUR - Melanoma lesions are often more than one colour or shade such as shades of tan, brown, or black, or areas of white, red, or blue. Moles that are benign are typically one colour.

DIAMETER -  Melanoma growths are normally larger than 6mm in diameter, roughly the diameter of a pencil.

EVOLUTION - Melanoma will often change characteristics, such as size, shape or colour. Unlike most benign moles, melanoma tends to change over time. If you have a mole or skin growth, watch it for signs of changes.


If you notice any of the ABCDE’s of melanoma, ensure you make an appointment with a GP, a dermatologist, or skin cancer specialist.

Non-melanoma skin cancers

Non-melanoma refers to all other types of skin cancer that are not melanoma. These types of skin cancers have a high survival rate when they are detected early.

Several types of skin cancer fall within the broader category of non-melanoma skin cancer, with the most common types being basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, but squamous cell carcinoma is the more dangerous as it is the more likely of the two to spread to other parts of the body.

Non-melanoma skin cancers usually develop in the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), especially in areas subjected to prolonged UV ray exposure such as the face, neck, and arms.

Treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer is completely successful in approximately 90% of cases.

How to spot non-melanoma skin cancers

The first sign of non-melanoma skin cancer is usually the appearance of a lump or discoloured patch on the skin that persists after a few weeks and slowly progresses over months or sometimes years.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) appears as a firm pink lump and may have a flat, scaly and crusted surface. The lump is often tender to touch, bleeds easily and may develop into an ulcer.




Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) usually appears as a small red or pink lump, although it can be pearly-white or ‘waxy’ looking. It can also look like a red, scaly patch. The lump slowly grows and may become crusty, bleed or develop into a painless ulcer.

If you develop a lump, lesion or skin discolouration that hasn’t healed after 4 weeks, speak to your GP. While it is unlikely to be cancer, it is best to be sure.

La Belle Forme Skin Cancer Clinic

Our Mole Clinic provides you with an assessment of moles and pigmented lesions you may be concerned about.

You can book a consultation at La Belle Forme with an experienced consultant plastic surgeon or dermatologist with specialist training in skin cancer det3ection and treatment.


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Glasgow Day Surgery Centre Orthopaedic Diagnostic Clinic

Our Orthopaedic Diagnostic Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive orthopaedic care and diagnostic services to ensure the optimal musculoskeletal health of our patients. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeon is committed to delivering personalized and effective treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.

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Orthopaedic Consultations

Our expert orthopaedic surgeon conducts thorough consultations to understand your concerns, assess your condition, and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Are you suffering from undiagnosed joint pain?

Enquire today to book an assessment with consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Donald Hansom.

Mr Hansom can assess hip, knee, shoulder, and wrist problems caused by sports-related stress and repetitive strain.

During your appointment, the consultant will discuss the best course of action for you regarding diagnosis, further investigation, and treatment.

For more information or to book, enquire today or request a callback!

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For targeted relief, our specialist provides joint injections to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with various orthopaedic conditions.

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We have finance available for many procedures. Our staff can talk you through the various options.

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Spider Veins - Removed By Laser Treatment

We often get told, “I’m looking to get my spider veins removed”. The client looking for this treatment usually has a couple of main questions. “What treatment do you do?” and “will it hurt?”

The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasia, and they are broken capillary blood vessels underneath the skin. Having light-coloured or fair skin make telangiectasia more visible—areas around the nose, under the eyes, or on the cheeks are common locations.

Spider veins appear as tiny red or blue lines, usually less than 1 mm in diameter, that look like branches or a spider web just below the surface of your skin. 

What causes spider veins on the face?

The causes of spider veins on the face may differ from spider veins elsewhere on the body. The following are some of these causes:

Venous deficiency occurs due to a deficiency in backflow of the blood in the veins, causing increased pressure and damage to the vessel walls. Venous deficiency can occur from prolonged inflammation, high blood pressure, and obesity. Even rubbing or washing your face too hard may also lead to broken capillary vessels.


Your age can be a factor. As we get older, our blood vessels become weaker and thinner, causing aged skin to make spider veins more noticeable. Ageing capillaries have a greater tendency to break compared to younger ones.

Inflammatory skin conditions, such as Rosacea can lead to the development of spider veins due to prolonged dilation or irritation.

Free radicals can cause oxidative damage to blood vessels. Even too much exposure to the sun can be a cause of spider veins on the face or under the eyes.

Factors such as stress, insomnia, eyestrain, or a lack of exercise can affect our health in negative ways, and spider veins can develop as a consequence.

Many factors can cause spider veins, Things like obesity, high blood pressure, birth control pills, and pregnancy.

A willing volunteer was sought. The rest of the staff claimed to be far too young for spider veins, which meant that it was up to me to step forward and offer my face for demonstration purposes. So, I placed myself in the hands of an Aesthetic Therapist at La Belle Forme Glasgow and we filmed the video below. She used Nd:Yag and Green Light on my face. At no time did I feel uncomfortable. Did it hurt? No more than what I would call a ping – a very short sting that was forgotten in seconds. Treatment time was around 20 minutes and aftercare was simple – just use a sunscreen and treat the area with aloe vera.

The results were instant. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who thinks spider veins on their nose look unsightly.

David Farrell-Shaw spider veins before - La Belle Forme - Glasgow Day Surgery Centre Spider Veins after La Belle Forme - Glasgow Day Surgery Centre

More Men Want Less Wrinkles

Record numbers of men are looking for aesthetic treatments that make them look and feel younger and keep them “selfie” ready, according to Valerie Goldburt, MD, of Advanced Dermatology P.C.

man with wrinkles Glasgow Day Surgery Centre La Belle Forme

“Surgical procedures across all genders increased dramatically in the second half of 2020 and peaked in the spring of 2021 at 55% of pre-pandemic surgical counts, according to the Aesthetic Society,” Kolker said as part of the database summary. “Men contributed to this high water mark, however, in the same relative proportion as they have historically.”

Men underwent more than 1 million non-surgical cosmetic dermatology treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, and laser resurfacing in 2014, a report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) found. On top of that, the number of cosmetic treatments among men has risen an astonishing 273% since 1997, according to the ASAPS.

Men Wrinkles

The most popular cosmetic treatment for men remains Botox (the best known of a variety of injectable treatments such as Dysport, Myobloc and Xeomin) using botulinum toxin to temporarily relax the facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles.

Treatment with botulinum toxin was the single most common cosmetic procedure in 2023, accounting for more than 40% of all aesthetic procedures done in men, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgery.

Of course, other treatments are available - you can check out the range of La Belle Forme wrinkle treatments elsewhere on our website.

Call 0141 552 0828 for more details

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Facelift at La Belle Forme Glasgow Day Surgery Centre

Consultations With Best Surgical Transformation Award Winner

Best Surgical Transformation Award Winner

And the award for the BEST SURGICAL TRANSFORMATION goes to our Medical Director, Mr Shoaib🍾
Thank you to the Safety In Beauty Awards for this incredible award and for showcasing our dedication to patient safety and fantastic results.

The Safety in Beauty Campaign and Organisation, launched in 2013, The Campaign was created to protect those seeking and undergoing cosmetic and beauty procedures, by empowering safer and better-informed choices, and by giving the public a place to turn to if standards or services proved harmful.

A limited number of consults are available with Mr Shoaib in January 2024 – apply below!

Safety in Beauty Awards

Breast Reduction Transformation


Our lovely breast reduction patient previously struggled with the size of her breasts from a young age.

Following her breast reduction, her bust is still full but is a much more proportionate size for her frame. The results speak for themselves!

If you feel that your breasts are too large for your frame, or are getting in the way of enjoying a normal life, enquire today!

Rhinoplasty Transformation


Following her rhinoplasty procedure with Mr Shoaib, she now has a smaller, more symmetrical nose without a dorsal hump. Her facial features are better harmonised and compliment her delicate features.

Every face is different. La Belle Forme tailors every treatment plan to our patient’s anatomy and personal goals. Book your consultation today to discover your bespoke treatment options.

Facelift Transformation

Facelift at La Belle Forme Glasgow Day Surgery Centre


This particular patient underwent a facelift and neck lift. These combined procedures are intended to achieve a fresh and natural result that addresses sagging around the lower face and neck.

Following her procedure, she looks at least 10 years younger.

At La Belle Forme, our ethos is to help you look and feel like your true self, not to change who you are. Enquire today to find out what our award-winning team can do for you.

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Consultations With Taimur Shoaib

We are delighted to announce that a limited number of appointments* are now available with Aesthetic Surgeon of the Year, Mr Taimur Shoaib, Medical Director at La Belle Forme, Glasgow Day Surgery Centre.

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Two Year Evaluation Of PERLE Smooth Opaque Round Breast Implants

PERLE Breast Implant Study

A recent paper published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum, by La Belle Forme owner and Medical Director Taimur Shoaib and others, evaluated the preliminary results of a new, smooth, round, and opaque breast implant PERLE by GC Aesthetics used by a single-center UK aesthetic practice – Glasgow Day Surgery Centre. Mr Shoaib presented the paper at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) World Congress in Athens.

“I performed this study to examine the safety of PERLE implants. We introduced these implants into my clinic, La Belle Forme in Glasgow, at the beginning of 2021 when I heard about the science behind them. Every empirical aspect of the implant fitted in with my idea of high quality and I wanted to test this. We followed up 374 patients, with PERLE implants, over an average of 18 months. Our study showed that the safety profile of these implants is comparable with other modern implants with no implant-related complications and no cases of capsular contracture.”

   Mr Taimur Shoaib

Taimur presents at the ISAPS Olympiad Athens World Congress!

Safety In Breast Implant Surgery

Patient following augmentation-mastopexy with 340 cc moderate (MR) profile PERLE implants

patient following augmentation-mastopexy with 340 cc moderate (MR) profile PERLE implants

Modern breast implant surgery is considered to be very safe, with a recent study from Italy demonstrating no perioperative mortality in almost 100,000 such patients over a period of 8 years. Yet, the ideal breast implant still does not exist. Surgeons choose breast implants based on a shared decision-making process with patients, taking into account their individual ideals, requirements, and the best available evidence.

Patients undergoing aesthetic breast surgery between January 2021 and December 2022, on whom the PERLE implant had been used, were reviewed to establish:

  • The operating surgeon
  • the pocket in which the implant was placed
  • If mastopexy (uplift) was also performed
  • The follow-up period
  • The type of surgeries the surgeon performed
  • Type of revision surgery (if any)

Patient demographics:

  • 385 patients underwent aesthetic breast surgery in the period
  • 374 (97.1%) had the PERLE breast implant placed
  • All patients identified themselves as female, with the exception of one, who self-identified as gender-fluid
  • Mean age = 32 years, range 19 to 62

Procedure details:

  • The majority of patients underwent bilateral procedures (99.1%) through a subglandular/subfascial approach (85.3%)
  • Primary breast augmentation (77.6%) was the most commonly performed procedure, followed by augmentation-mastopexy (16.8%)
  • A total of 745 PERLE breast implants were placed, with the majority being either MR (45.5%) or HR (36.8%) profile

Cosmetic Tourism: What are the Risks?

September 17th marks World Patient Safety Day 2023. We wanted to use this day to highlight the dangers of Cosmetic Tourism and how to keep yourself as safe as possible when opting for cosmetic surgery.

If you are interested in the world of cosmetic surgery, chances are you’ve seen at least one influencer or celeb promoting surgery abroad. Travelling to another country for a cosmetic or elective procedure is known as Cosmetic Tourism. The practice has seen a huge boom over the last decade rising by a staggering 94 percent in the last three years.

Turkey has become one of the most popular destinations for those seeking procedures like BBLs, liposuction, and weight loss surgery. What makes travelling overseas so attractive is the considerably cheaper price point and the luxurious all-inclusive experience these clinics claim to offer.

But while these clinics may seem safe, professional, and cost-effective on the surface, there are potential dangers and risks associated with travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery:

1.     Difficulty determining whether your surgeon is properly qualified

As the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) highlights, there are excellent surgeons outside of the UK. But it can be difficult to check their credentials. In the UK, all qualified plastic/aesthetic surgeons will be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).

Other countries use different systems and due to varying standards and qualifications, it is not always easy to discern whether your plastic/aesthetic surgeon is fully qualified.

All surgeons who work with La Belle Forme are fully accredited on the GMC register and belong to professional bodies such as BAPRAS and BAAPS.

2.     Less robust regulations

Some countries may have less stringent regulations and oversight of cosmetic surgery practices, which can increase the risk of complications and malpractice. For example, in the UK all private hospitals and clinics are regulated by bodies such as the Care Quality Commission and Health Improvement Scotland which ensures facilities adhere to strict standards and are inspected regularly.

3.     Aftercare concerns

No surgical procedure is free from risk. However, choosing to undergo surgery at home in the UK means you will have continued access to aftercare following your procedure.

Data compiled by BAAPS reveals a growing number of people are returning to the UK with complications ranging from wound healing problems to life-threatening sepsis. There is no guarantee the NHS can fix your issue if it is not life-threatening. You will likely be directed to having your complications treated by your original surgeon for which travel can be expensive or impossible. Having surgery done in the UK means that any complications can be seen to quickly and by the surgeon and medical team who performed your surgery in the first instance. La Belle Forme has a dedicated pre and post-op nurse who sees patients on a daily basis throughout the week as well as nursing staff on hand 24 hours a day to assist our patients.

4.     Travel related risks

The NHS highlights that air travel and major surgery increase your risk of developing a blood clot. It is recommended that you should wait 5 to 7 days after procedures such as breast surgery and liposuction, and seven to 10 days after facial cosmetic procedures or tummy tucks before flying.

You should ask your surgeon about this risk before deciding to travel abroad.

The main takeaway

The purpose of this post is not to shame cosmetic surgery providers located overseas, it is to keep the public as safe as possible. To minimise the risks associated with cosmetic tourism, individuals considering procedures abroad should thoroughly research the destination, medical facility, and healthcare provider, seek recommendations from trusted sources, and consult with qualified healthcare professionals at home. Additionally, carefully weigh the potential cost savings against the risks involved and consider the long-term implications of undergoing cosmetic procedures abroad.

Why choose La Belle Forme ?

La Belle Forme is a premier cosmetic surgery and aesthetic clinic in the UK, led by Clinical Director and Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr. Shoaib. The clinic prides itself on providing the highest level of care and expertise to all its patients.

We are fully regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). Read more about our recent inspection. All of our surgeons are also fully accredited on the GMC specialist register.

If you would like to book a consultation or find out more about cosmetic surgery at La Belle Forme, phone us on 0141 552 0828, email us at, or submit an online enquiry for a call back from one of our dedicated team.

Postoperative Fillers Reduce Revision Rates in Rhinoplasty

Dermal Fillers After Rhinoplasty

Before and after photograph of dermal fillers post-rhinoplasty

A recent paper by La Belle Forme owner and Medical Director Taimur Shoaib and others aimed to review the successful use of dermal fillers (hyaluronic acid) fillers post-rhinoplasty. Minor imperfections following rhinoplasty are high and can cause distress and anxiety to a patient who has been concerned about the appearance of their nose for many years and is understandably hoping to have the best result possible.

Whilst surgical corrections can be made, a number of patients would not benefit from another surgery.  For these patients, dermal fillers may be the ideal solution.

Out of 800 patients who had undergone a rhinoplasty 85 of those had a follow-up treatment using dermal fillers

Patients may have believed that fillers would be a short-term fix, similar to a non-surgical nose job and that the corrections to their nose would soon abate requiring further fillers to be used. However, as the paper outlines, dermal fillers after rhinoplasty can be long-lasting, perhaps even permanent.

Read The Full PaperTaimur Shoaib on Google Scholar


Maria Khan, MBChB, MRes, PG Cert, Thangasamy Sankar, MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Plast), Taimur Shoaib, MBChB, FRCSEd, DMI(RCSEd), MD, FRCS(Plast).

Postoperative Fillers Reduce Revision Rates in Rhinoplasty, Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum, Volume 5, 2023, ojad029,

Breast Reduction Example 7

Before and After Breast Reduction Surgery

Having large breasts that do not fit your frame can take a physical and mental toll on your body.

This particular patient developed breasts at an early age. At times the size of her breasts brought unwanted attention and after a while, their weight affected her physical health. Before her reduction, she was wearing a size J bra.

We are so happy to hear that following her Breast Reduction she is delighted with her results. The decision to get this surgery was “the best decision” she ever made!

If the size of your breasts is having a negative effect on your physical and/or mental health, book a consultation today and speak in confidence with a specialist surgeon.

Before Breast Reduction Front View
Before Breast Reduction Front View

Before Breast Reduction Front View
Before Breast Reduction Front View

Before Breast Reduction 45-degree View
Before Breast Reduction 45-degree View

Before Breast Reduction Right Side
Before Breast Reduction Right Side

After Breast Reduction Front View
After Breast Reduction Front View

After Breast Reduction Front View
After Breast Reduction Front View

After Breast Reduction 45-degree View
After Breast Reduction 45-degree View

After Breast Reduction Side View
After Breast Reduction Side View