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

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.

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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.

 


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.

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“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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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 enquiries@labelleforme.co.uk, or submit an online enquiry for a call back from one of our dedicated team.


What is the cost of breast reduction surgery in the UK?

Cost Of Breast Reduction Surgery

Image of patient before Breast Reduction at La Belle Forme Glasgow Image of result after Breast Reduction at La Belle Forme plastic surgeons Glasgow

The cost of breast reduction surgery in the UK varies depending on a number of factors, including the surgeon’s fees, the location of the surgery, and the complexity of the procedure. At La Belle Forme the cost of breast reduction surgery in the UK can be found on our prices webpage.

Here are some factors that can affect the cost of breast reduction surgery:

  • The surgeon’s fees: The surgeon’s fees are the biggest factor that affects the cost of breast reduction surgery. Surgeons in different parts of the country charge different fees, so the cost of surgery can vary depending on where you live.
  • The location of the surgery: The cost of breast reduction surgery can also be affected by the location of the surgery.
  • The complexity of the procedure: The complexity of the procedure can also affect the cost of breast reduction surgery. If you have a larger chest or if you need more extensive surgery, the cost can be higher.

In addition to the surgeon’s fees, the cost of breast reduction surgery can also include the following:

  • Anesthesia: The cost of anesthesia is typically included in the surgeon’s fees. However, if you have any special requirements, such as needing general anesthesia instead of local anesthesia, the cost may be higher.
  • Operating room facilities: The cost of operating room facilities is typically not included in the surgeon’s fees. This cost can vary depending on the location of the surgery and the type of facilities used.
  • Other expenses: Other expenses that may be associated with breast reduction surgery include:
    • Post-operative care: This may include the cost of dressings, medication, and follow-up appointments.
    • Travel expenses: If you need to travel to have your surgery, you will need to factor in the cost of transportation and accommodation.

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, it is important to talk to your surgeon about the costs involved. They will be able to give you an estimate of the total cost of surgery based on your individual circumstances.

At La Belle Forme our price is all-inclusive. We have our own Day Case hospital and the cost of your breast reduction surgery, with the exception of your travel, includes all the costs detailed above.

What is involved in breast reduction?

Find Out More About Breast Reduction SurgeryRead A Patient Story About Her Breast Reduction

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon - 5 Red Flags to Look Out for

Patient with cosmetic surgeon

You have thought long and hard about undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure and finally feel ready to get the ball rolling. Going forward, one of the most important choices you will make is which surgeon will perform your procedure. The right surgeon will sit and discuss your desired results in great detail, offer suggestions to optimise your results and help you choose the best procedure(s) to meet your goals. They will be concerned for both your well-being and satisfaction.

But what about the red flags to look out for when attending a surgical consultation? We have prepared a list of 5 red flags to keep in mind.

 

1.     Best price promises

It may seem like the surgeon is doing you a favour by offering you a deal or discount on a procedure, but this is something you should be wary of. Bodies such as The General Medical Council (GMC) and The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) advise that Cosmetic surgery providers and surgeons have an ethical responsibility to avoid using financial inducements that could influence a patient's decision, such as discounts, time-limited or two-for-one offers.

Financial incentives can encourage patients to make snap decisions and undergo a procedure they may not be ready for. This could indicate that the surgeon/clinic has cash flow in mind rather than your best interests and safety.

2.     Unclear qualifications and credentials

A fully qualified surgeon will be on will be registered with the GMC. If they are claiming to be a plastic surgeon, they should also have gained the FCRS (Plast) qualification and be present on the GMC Specialist Register. If you cannot find your surgeon on the GMC register or if your surgeon is cagey about their experience and career path, it is a definite red flag.

Also, look out for surgeons who are members of professional associations like BAAPS and BAPRAS. These bodies ensure that all applicants have the relevant qualifications, experience, and insurance to perform certain types of surgery.

3.     Your consultation is with someone other than the surgeon who will perform your procedure

If you discover that your consultation is going to be conducted with a nurse or another member of staff other than your surgeon, you should maybe think twice about whether this is the Clinic for you. Your consultation is where an in depth medical conversation is had to understand your goals and to recommend the best course of action. Anyone who is not a qualified surgeon is not qualified to make these decisions. Your consultation is also your opportunity to get acquainted with your surgeon and get an idea of their character and style. This can be very important when making an informed choice about your procedure and the right cosmetic surgeon for you.

4.     The promise of perfection

Perfection does not exist. Beware of any surgeon that guarantees you an exceptional or perfect result. Every body is unique and there can be no guarantee what your results will look like. A good surgeon will help you form realistic expectations and make you aware of the possible risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure.

5.     Your gut is telling you something isn’t right

Always trust your gut. Cosmetic surgery is a life-changing decision that should not be made lightly. If something in the back of your mind is telling you that a particular surgeon is not trustworthy, do not be afraid to ask more questions or decide to go with another surgeon or practice altogether. Having doubts may also be a sign that you are not ready to undergo surgery. Take time to see multiple surgeons, get recommendations from people in your personal life you trust and really think things through. You will know when things are right.

La Belle Forme is home to a range of GMC-accredited consultants who specialise in various surgical and non-surgical procedures. If you feel ready to embark on your cosmetic surgery journey, contact us today and book your no obligation consultation.


Vasectomy Consultations

Vasectomy In Glasgow

If you are considering a vasectomy consultation, here are some things you need to know. A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed on men as a form of permanent birth control. During the procedure, the vas deferens, which are the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra, are cut, blocked, or sealed. This prevents sperm from being released during ejaculation and thus reduces the chances of fertilization of a partner’s egg.Vasectomy La Belle Forme Glasgow Day Surgery Centre

Vasectomy is typically an outpatient procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia. It is a safe and effective method of birth control and does not affect a man’s sexual function or libido. However, it is important to note that a vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of birth control, and while reversal procedures are available, they are not always successful. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider all options before deciding to undergo a vasectomy.

Advantages of a vasectomy

  • the failure rate is very low 1 in 2,000
  • it does not affect your hormone levels or sex drive
  • it will not affect the spontaneity of sex or interfere with sex
  • it is a simpler, safer, and more reliable alternative to female sterilisation

Vasectomy Consultations

At La Belle Forme your Consultant Urologist will explain in full the pros and cons of the procedure prior to surgery within our private hospital at the Glasgow Day Surgery Centre.

Consultations will take place within the hospital which is conveniently situated in Glasgow City Centre with ample parking nearby. Discrete confidential bookings are easy to make by either calling 01415520828 or completing the form below. A member of our team will be glad to help set up your consultation for vasectomy.

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Your Cosmetic Surgery Queries Answered

Are You Considering Cosmetic Surgery?

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, a number of questions will likely pop into your mind. We have answered some of the most common queries about cosmetic surgery the Clinic gets when patients enquire. If you book a consultation, it is important to ask your surgeon questions. Even if the question feels silly, it is much better to know for certain than to assume.

Is Cosmetic Surgery Safe?

Cosmetic surgery, like any other surgical procedure, carries risks and potential complications. However, when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon in an accredited facility, the risks can be minimised.

Other factors such as your health, the type of cosmetic procedure being performed, the skill of the surgeon, and the quality o the facility where the procedure is performed will also affect the likelihood of complications.

It is important to note that cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure, in other words, it is not medically necessary. If you want to have a cosmetic procedure done, you must carefully weigh the potential benefits and risks before going ahead.

Are Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery the Same Thing?

Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are related, but they are not exactly the same thing.

Plastic surgery is a broad field that encompasses both cosmetic procedures and reconstructive procedures.

Cosmetic surgery is where a person chooses to undergo an operation, or invasive medical procedure, to change their physical appearance for cosmetic rather than medical reasons. Common examples of cosmetic surgery include Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, and Facelifts.

Reconstructive surgery is the other facet of plastic surgery. The purpose of reconstructive surgery is to repair damage and restore function. It is performed to repair and reshape bodily structures affected by things like birth defects, trauma/injury, infections, tumours, and disease. Some examples of reconstructive surgery may be familiar with include breast reconstruction following cancer, cleft lip and palate repair, and skin grafting.

While some plastic surgeons specialize in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, others may focus exclusively on one or the other. It’s important to choose a surgeon who has experience and expertise in the specific type of surgery you are looking for.

Am I Too Old to Have Cosmetic Surgery?

There is no maximum age for cosmetic surgery.

Research has shown that the postoperative complication rate between younger and elderly patients was not significantly different. What plays a much larger role in determining whether someone is a good candidate for surgery is their overall physical and mental health.

As we age, our bodies undergo changes that may affect the outcome of a cosmetic procedure. For example, the skin may lose elasticity and surgical incisions may take longer to heal. However, a skilled surgeon can tailor the procedure to meet these needs.

How Do I Know if a Surgeon is Fully Trained in Cosmetic Surgery?

A fully qualified plastic surgeon will be on will be registered on The Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery with the General Medical Council. They should also have gained the FCRS (Plast) qualification.

Also look out for surgeons who are members of professional associations, which ensures that all applicants have the relevant qualifications, experience, and insurance to perform certain types of surgery. The primary two examples include the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic  Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

Is Plastic Surgery Considered an Outpatient Procedure, or Should I Prepare For a Hospital Stay?

The length of your hospital stay following a plastic surgery procedure will depend on the type of procedure being performed, and the surgeon’s recommendation. That being said, many plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will be sent home the same day as your surgery. The overall risk is very low for performing plastic surgery in the outpatient setting.

Your surgeon will evaluate your individual case and determine the appropriate post-operative care. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

Will I receive post-op care following my surgery?

Yes. Post-operative care is an essential part of the recovery process following cosmetic surgery. Be wary of any clinic or surgeon who does not make this clear to you. A good surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure and will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns or complications.

Post-operative care may include pain management, wound care, and activity restrictions, among other things. Your surgeon may also prescribe medications, such as antibiotics or painkillers, to help manage any discomfort or prevent infection.

Will I have to take a significant amount of time off work?

The amount of time you will need to take off work following a cosmetic surgery procedure depends on serval factors. These include the type of procedure you undergo, as well as your own physical anatomy. Everyone is different. For more invasive surgeries such as Breast Reduction or Tummy Tuck will require more recovery time than Eyelid Surgery, for example.

Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on what activities you should avoid and for how long, as well as when it’s safe to resume work. You should plan to take the necessary time off work to allow your body to heal properly and avoid any unnecessary stress or strain on the surgical site. Rushing back to work too soon could jeopardise your results and increase your risk of complications.

If you have any additional questions you would like answered, get in touch today! We are here to help.


Urology Explained

What urologists do and when you should consider seeing one

What is Urology?

Urology is the field of medicine that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra). The field also deals with diagnosing and treating matters concerning the male reproductive tract (penis, testes, scrotum, prostate, etc.)

What is a Urologist?

Urologists diagnose and treat diseases of the urinary tract in both men and women. Some examples of conditions a urologist can treat include: urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones, bladder and prostate cancer, urinary incontinence, infertility, erectile dysfunction, and other conditions affecting the urinary and reproductive systems.

What Procedures Can a Urologist Perform?

When visiting a urologist, they may use a variety of diagnostic techniques such as urinalysis, blood tests, ultrasounds, and biopsies to evaluate and diagnose conditions of the urinary and reproductive systems.

They are also trained to perform several types of surgery. These may include:

  • Cystectomy (the surgical removal of the bladder to treat cancer)
  • Prostatectomy (the surgical removal of the prostate gland to treat prostate cancer)
  • Vasectomy (a surgical procedure to cut or seal the tubes that carry a man’s sperm to permanently prevent pregnancy)
  • Circumcision (the surgical removal of the foreskin)

When Should You See a Urologist?

Your primary GP may be able to treat some minor urologic issues like a UTI, but if issues persist, it is probably time to see a urologist for diagnosis and treatment. If you know your symptoms or condition involve the urinary tract or male reproductive system, you may choose to see a urologist as your first step. Symptoms you should consider seeing a urologist for include:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Feeling a frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Weak urine flow, dribbling

You should also see a urologist if you’re a man and you’re experiencing these symptoms:

  • Lumps in the testicle
  • Trouble getting or keeping an erection

Urologists work closely with other healthcare providers, such as oncologists and gynecologists, to provide comprehensive care to their patients.

La Belle Forme will be offering urology consultations and treatment from May 25th 2023. These services will be provided by Consultant Urological Surgeon, Mr Alistair McKay. Enquire today to find out more.


How to Choose the Right Aesthetic Injector

Have you been considering filler? Follow these steps to make sure you choose the right injector

Horror inducing headlines about “botched filler” and “duck lips” have become common place. Our social media feeds are littered with injectors offering 3 for 2 deals on filler. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

We recently had a patient visit the Clinic looking to have her lip filler dissolved which had been done elsewhere. Unfortunately, the filler had migrated giving her a puffy, unnatural looking upper lip. There were also superficial deposits of filler on the underside of her lip giving them a lumpy appearance.

Our aesthetics nurse created a treatment plan which involved dissolving the patient’s filler with a Hyalase injection. Hyalase contains the active ingredient hyaluronidase which is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid based fillers. Two weeks later, once the swelling subsided and her filler dissolved, our patient returned to have her lips carefully refilled by a medical professional.

We have prepared some tips to help you make the safest choice when it comes to selecting an aesthetic injector to administer your filler.

Qualifications

Ensure that the injector has the necessary qualifications, training, and experience to perform the treatment safely and effectively.

We advise visiting a medically trained injector who is registered with a governing body such as the General Medical Council (GMC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Governing bodies are there to protect the public by ensuring professional standards are met and that anyone not adhering to these standards is stricken off.

Non-medically trained injectors on the other hand do not have a governing body holding them to account. Lacking a medical background may also mean the injector is not equipped to deal with medical emergencies if they occur.

Reputation

Reading online reviews can be a helpful way to gauge an injector’s credibility. You want to keep an eye out for reviews stating the injector is professional and informative, tailors treatment plans to their patients and operates in a clean, sterile environment.

Having a look on a clinic’s or injector’s social media can also help you when choosing a practitioner whose style you like! But be careful not to assume that a large social media following and a catalogue of before and afters are enough reason to justify booking in. While social media may help you identify an aesthetic you like, this must be paired with further research. Some injectors have been known to edit and filter their results to make them appear more desirable. Not all that glitters is gold.

Avoid Practitioners Advertising Ultra-Cheap Deals

Those new to injecting often charge cheaper prices to help get clients in the door. While practice is important for any aesthetic practitioner, when weighed against the risks of possible complications you should consider is it worth the risk?

Cheaper prices may also mean cheaper filler is being used. These could be from uncredited suppliers. A quick google search shows that derma fillers are very easy to purchase online without a prescription or other verification. In this case you cannot be sure that your injector is using safe, medically approved products. Cheap filler also increases your risk of suffering an allergic reaction as it could contain ingredients that are not tolerated well by the body.

If an injector is cutting costs on their filler, the chances are they do not have the safety equipment needed if an emergency occurs.

Always Book a Consultation

Once you have found an injector that meets these criteria, it is time to book a consultation and meet with them in person. A good injector will talk with you at length about your areas of concern and will make a treatment plan tailored specifically to you. Equally, a good injector will also evaluate your medical history and tell you whether the procedure is safe for you to have.

During your consultation the benefits, risks and side effects of the treatment should also be clearly explained. You also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and gain a better understanding of the injector’s experience.

When it comes to making any cosmetic change to your face, it pays to be picky. Do not be afraid to get in touch with a clinic or injector to ask any questions you may have, and do not shy away from checking whether they have the relevant qualifications and certifications. Your safety is the number one priority.

La Belle Forme offer bespoke dermal filler treatments with fully qualified medical professionals. Both nurses and surgeons administer treatment at our clinic. If you have been considering getting derma filler, feel free to get in touch and book a consultation with one of our accredited specialists.


What To Know Before Getting A Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation - Research is key when opting for any cosmetic procedure

For women, breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK. If you have been considering getting a breast augmentation, it is important to understand what to expect. Here are a few key things you should be aware of:

 

There are possible risks and complications

As with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with breast augmentation. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in nipple or breast sensation. It’s important to discuss these risks with your surgeon and weigh them against the potential benefits of the surgery.

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Breast augmentation can be expensive and the cost can vary

Whilst surgery can, in relative terms, be seen as expensive many clinics offer finance terms to help spread the cost. When you attend a consultation, ensure you discuss a breakdown of costs with your patient care coordinator.

Breast augmentation surgery typically requires several weeks of recovery time

During this time, you will need to avoid strenuous activity and wear a surgical garment to support your breasts as they heal. It’s important to discuss the specifics of your recovery plan with your surgeon.

Breast implants do not last forever

Every person has a different experience, but generally speaking, several factors may mean you need to get your breast implants replaced down the line. Things like weight gain, weight loss, breastfeeding, and gravity can change the way your breasts look following an augmentation.

It’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of your breast augmentation

While the surgery can improve the size and shape of your breasts, it may not necessarily address all of your concerns or achieve the exact results you are hoping for.

What you see immediately after surgery is not the final result

Initially, your new breasts will likely appear unnaturally high on your chest and have a taught swollen appearance.  Your implants need to settle and it can take the best part of a year before you can see the final result.

Ensure you are considering breast augmentation for the right reasons

If you’ve had a sudden urge to enlarge your breasts following a break-up, a career change, or a recently booked beach holiday, you should reconsider. A good cosmetic surgeon will perceive these as warning signs. Instead, breast augmentation should be sought to improve your confidence and overall quality of life.

Breast augmentation surgery is a life-changing decision that should be thoroughly thought out. It is essential you do your research and opt for a fully qualified and certified surgeon to perform your procedure.

La Belle Forme offers consultations with some of the country’s leading breast specialists. If you would like to book a consultation or simply ask us some questions about breast augmentation surgery, do not hesitate to get in touch.