Scotland deemed "worst in Europe" for unqualified injectors

Scotland has been named the ‘worst country in Europe’ for unqualified injectors administering aesthetic procedures.

A recent BBC News article highlights the UK's concerning lack of regulation when it comes to injectable treatments like dermal filler. Unlike other countries around the world, the UK does not have regulations permitting only trained healthcare professionals to administer injectable treatments.

Woman receiving filler injections. Dangers of unqualifies injectors
Woman receiving filler injection

Scotland finds itself under the microscope due to the fact we also lack a ban on under 18s receiving these treatments. This is in contrast to England who have had a ban in place since 2021.

The concerning lack of regulation means that virtually anyone in the UK can become an aesthetic injector. You are not legally required to have a medical background in order to be accepted to a training course. Not only that, but you can also administer treatments in a non-clinical setting such as a hairdressers or someone's home.

As a result of the unregulated landscape, complication rates are on the rise. These complications can be serious and include infections, necrosis, and blindness. The situation is further fuelled by social media advertising. Around 90% of people looking to get filler and Botox find unqualified injectors through platforms like Instagram.

In the BBC article, the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) brought attention to the prevalence of unlicensed and counterfeit products, such as Botox. This poses further risks to patient safety.

Not only does the patient not know what is being injected into their body, but the ingredients often used in counterfeit products can cause adverse reactions within the body

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Mr Taimur Shoaib, La Belle Forme Medical Director

La Belle Forme's Medical Director, Mr Shoaib, was featured in an article in Aesthetic Medicine on 22nd March 2024. Commenting on the current lack of regulation he added:

They call it an industry but actually we’re a medical speciality and this is why the situation is no better in the rest of the UK where unregulated lays can inject without consequences, when they cause complications to the unsuspecting public.

Licensed products go through rigorous testing before they are allowed to be used; every single batch of the product has to be tested and approved before being distributed.

Botulinum toxin (wrinkle relaxing injections) is a prescription-only medication, and acquiring the toxin without a prescription is illegal. However, without robust regulation, it is very easy for unqualified injectors to order the toxin online from untrustworthy pharmacies.

In 2022 the Scottish government said it would aim to ensure that all cosmetic treatments were carried out by appropriately trained professionals, but no details have been published since.

If you are interested in getting these treatments done, it is essential you consider this information to keep yourself informed and safe. Before attending a practitioner ask yourself whether they are qualified to handle possible complications, if they administer treatments in a sterile clinical setting, or whether they are using legitimate, safe products.


Read the full BBC article

Find our more about choosing the right aesthetic injector 

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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 best Surgical Transformation Award

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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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.

La Belle Forme First in UK To Gain ISO 9001 Award

La Belle Forme Is ISO9001 UK First

La Belle Forme Medical Director Taimur Shoaib receives the ISO9001 certificate from BSI Managing Director Matt Page

La Belle Forme at the Glasgow Day Surgery Centre became the first cosmetic surgery provider in the UK to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001 accreditation from the British Standards Institution (BSI).

At an award ceremony earlier this month, La Belle Forme was presented with the ISO 9001 accreditation by the BSI managing director, Matt Page who travelled from Milton Keynes to deliver the hospital’s certificate.

ISO 9001 is the world’s most recognised quality management system standard, established by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). Achieving an ISO 9001 accreditation proves an organisation implements clear, consistent, and repeatable processes to maintain a quality service for their customers.

In simple terms, ISO 9001 certification provides the basis for effective processes and effective people to deliver an effective product or service time after time. The key to any successful business is strong quality control.

The standard is based on a number of quality management principles including customer focus, leadership, improvement and evidence-based decision-making.

The ISO 9001 project was led by La Belle Forme Quality Manager, Gemma Maguire, who guided management through the BSI assessment. The first stage of the assessment took place in April 2023 followed by a two-day on-site inspection the following month.

Quality Manager Gemma Maguire with the ISO9001 Award
La Belle Forme Quality Manager Gemma Maguire with the ISO 9001 Award

Commenting on the achievement, Quality Manager Gemma said:

“Since opening the Glasgow Day Surgery Centre in 2020 our aim has always been to achieve this award. To be the first cosmetic surgery provider in the UK to have this accolade is really something we are all very proud of.

It was a real privilege leading the team through this process, and we continue to work daily to ensure we meet the standards we have set out for ourselves.”

Operations Director Chris McAvoy is also delighted with the news.

“Quality has always been a priority for our team. Gaining this accreditation solidifies that as a business we have the processes in place to ensure continuous improvement of our services.”

Aesthetic Surgeon of the Year 2023

Taimur Shoaib Aesthetic Surgeon of the year 2023La Belle Forme Medical Director Taimur Shoaib was named Aesthetic Surgeon of the year at the Aesthetic Excellence Awards Scotland 2023 held on June 2th in Edinburgh.

This annual event, which was held at the Delta by Marriott Hotel Edinburgh, celebrates the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses that have pushed the boundaries of artistic expression and creativity.

Each winner has showcased extraordinary talent, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to advancing the field of aesthetics in Scotland. Their contributions have not only raised the bar of excellence but have also inspired others to embrace creativity and innovation within the industry.

A Spokesperson for the Aesthetic Excellence Awards Scotland said: “We are thrilled to honour the remarkable achievements of the winners of the Aesthetic Excellence Awards Scotland 2023. Their commitment to pushing boundaries, pursuing excellence, and making a positive impact on the aesthetics landscape in Scotland is truly commendable. We congratulate all the finalists and winners and look forward to witnessing their future endeavours.”

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Healthcare Improvement Scotland Inspection 2023

It’s Official you’re in good hands!

Healthcare Improvement Scotland Report on La Belle Forme Glasgow Day Surgery Centre

La Belle forme at Glasgow Day Surgery Centre has been rated good by HIS

A full inspection of La Belle Forme at Glasgow Day Surgery Centre (GDSC) was carried out by Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) at the beginning of March. The report of their findings and recommendations has now been published. The Hospital is delighted with the positive feedback it has received.  The report highlighted that patient care is at the heart of everything we do at La Belle Forme and that we continuously strive to provide the highest quality of patient care.

What is Health Improvement Scotland?

Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) is the national healthcare improvement organisation for Scotland. The purpose of HIS is to “reduce healthcare-associated infection risk to hospital patients, to improve the care of elderly patients, and to regulate independent healthcare services”.

They aim to drive improvements through the following:

  • Enabling people to make informed decisions about their care and treatment.
  • Helping health and social care organisations to redesign and continuously improve services.
  • Provide evidence and share knowledge that enables people to get the best out of the services they use and helps services improve.
  • Provide quality assurance that gives people confidence in the services and supports providers to improve.
  • Making the best use of resources, we aim to ensure every pound invested in our work adds value to the care people receive.

Why is it Important for a Healthcare Facility to Meet HIS Standards?

Both surgical and non-surgical procedures can carry a degree of risk. When selecting a healthcare facility, it is important to make sure they comply with HIS standards – this means you can rest assured the facility is focused on delivering the best possible patient care, and that staff are fully qualified and trained to deal with complications if they arise.

La Belle Forme is proud to have achieved a GOOD grading in the following key quality indicators:

1.     People’s experience of care and the involvement of carers and families

HIS found that La Belle Forme patients were “very complimentary about the service and able to make informed decisions about their treatment.” In addition, several comments were collected from patients about the things they valued regarding their experience. These included:

  • ‘Not judged when explaining reasons for wanting procedure, was made to feel like no question was silly even if the answer was obvious!’
  • ‘Comprehensive information about best treatment options.’
  • ‘I was always told what was happening and asked if I felt ok.’
  • ‘Pre-operation consultation 3 weeks before surgery.’

2.     Safe delivery of care

HIS reported that La Belle Forme had robust systems in place to manage the delivery of care and noted that staff were aware of their responsibilities and had undergone the appropriate training. the Clinic’s medical equipment and surroundings were also reported as being well maintained and cleaned.

3.     Leadership of improvement and change

HIS found morale among La Belle Forme staff to be high and noted that staff, at all levels, had the opportunity to partake in key decision-making.

Read the full report.

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We've Partnered with Sepsis Research FEAT

Partnering With Sepis FEAT

La Belle Forme is delighted to announce our partnership with Sepsis Research FEAT.

This year, we have chosen to partner with Sepsis Research FEAT. The main objective of this incredible charity is to put a stop to Sepsis by funding vital medical research. This research focuses on understanding how Sepsis operates and helping develop life-saving treatments.

Despite killing more than 52,000 people in the UK alone – more than the total combined deaths due to breast, bowel, and prostate cancer – most people are unaware of the symptoms associated with Sepsis or how it affects the body.

What is Sepsis?

According to the Sepsis Research FEAT:
“Explained simply, sepsis occurs when the body’s life-threatening reaction to an infection spirals rapidly out of control, injuring its own tissues and organs … Any type of infection — bacterial, viral, or fungal — can lead to sepsis.”
The main symptoms of Sepsis are:

• Very high or low temperature
• Uncontrolled shivering
• Confusion
• Not passing as much urine as normal
• Cold or blotchy arms and legs

Raising Awareness

Another vital component of the work Sepsis Research FEAT do is spreading awareness to both the public and UK medical professionals. On Monday 6 March, La Belle Forme was kindly visited by Gill Thomson who gave the clinic an eye-opening presentation on the charity’s work and progress. When asked why visiting workplaces like La Belle Forme is so vital for the charity, Gill explained that:

“Visiting workplaces, particularly those in the health care sector, is a really effective way of spreading awareness. We want as many businesses as possible to know about Sepsis and the key symptoms to look out for. We can work with businesses to tailor information and awareness training to suit their needs, giving the business and their employee’s confidence about what to do in the event of Sepsis. Knowing this information can save someone’s life!”

La Belle Forme looks forward to supporting Sepsis Research FEAT throughout the year by spreading awareness and fundraising. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting events we are organising!

Sepsis Research FEAT do not receive any government funding and relies on the generosity of its supporters to fund their vital work.

Find out more including how to donate.

Certificate of Excellence For Top Glasgow Surgeons

Top Plastic Surgeons

Top Glasgow Plastic Surgeons

Congratulations to our Medical Director Taimur Shoaib, La Belle Forme’s founder and senior plastic surgeon, on being awarded a Certificate of Excellence from iWantGreatCare.
These awards are given to surgeons based purely on reviews from actual patients which gives them much higher credibility than others. Mr Shoaib has more than 170 patient reviews on the website.

This certificate highlights consistently outstanding patient feedback. Thank you to each of our patients who took the time to leave Mr Shoaib a review, we really appreciate it!Rhinoplasty Review Taimur Shoaib La Belle Forme at the Glasgow Day Sugery Centre

Not to be outdone, associate plastic surgeon Parkash Lohana was also awarded the iWantGreatCare Certificate of excellence for the third year in a row.

Parkash’s reviews now exceed 180 in number and can be found on the iWantGreatCare website.

Both top plastic surgeons Mr Shoaib and Mr Lohana are available at the Glasgow Day Surgery Centre in Clyde Street Glasgow.

iWantGreatCare is a platform that allows patients to provide feedback on their healthcare experiences, so receiving a Certificate of Excellence is a testament to the high level of care that Dr. Taimur Shoaib provides to his patients. It’s always great to see healthcare professionals being recognized for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of their patients.

Mr Parkash Lohana

Top Glasgow Surgeon Parkash Lohana Consultant Plastic Surgeon at La Belle Forme Glasgow

Mr Taimur Shoaib

Top Plastic Surgeon Taimur Shoaib Consultant Plastic Surgeon Medical Director at La Belle Forme Glasgow

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Cosmetic Surgery Hospital Bra Bank

Cosmetic Surgery Hospital Bra Bank

La Belle Forme at the Glasgow Day Surgery Centre (GDSC) believes it could be the first private cosmetic surgery clinic to launch a bra bank for used bras and support a breast cancer charity.

The hospital is often handed old bras that no longer fit once patients have had breast surgery at the hospital.

We contacted Against Breast Cancer charity which sends second-hand bras to people in need of support.

The La Belle Forme hospital regularly performs breast augmentations breast reductions, implants, and more.

Felicity Sweeney, 33, who is the lead aesthetic nurse, talked to the Glasgow Times: “We came up with the idea for the bra bank after noticing every time someone had a breast augmentation, they usually would hand us their bras and say ‘bin that’.

“Since we work with so many people whose bras don’t fit anymore and had to dispose of them, we decided to put them to better use.

Every 10 minutes, in the UK, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer cases have doubled in the last 50 years. Around 55,000 women and 390 men are diagnosed every year.

Against Breast Cancer is the story of the personal crusade of our founders Dr Anthony Leathem and his wife Patricia in their quest for a future free of breast cancer.

The charity funds pioneering research into new treatments, tools for earlier diagnosis, and advice to reduce the risk of recurrence and secondary spread. Working with expert scientists they want to increase the survival rates of all breast cancer patients.

You don’t have to be a patient to donate a bra. Simply call in at Glasgow Day Surgery Centre, 154 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4EX and our friendly reception team will accept your donation.

Felicity Sweeney La Belle Forme - Glasgow Day Surgery Centre