CQC and Thread Lifts- The Latest in Regulation

cqc thread lift

CQC and Thread Lifts. There has been recent news about PDO thread lifts in the UK. The Care Quality Commission- the UK’s health and social care regulatory department has issued a new statement. It explained:

Where the procedure of thread lift (i.e. involving the insertion of threads) is carried out by a healthcare professional, it falls within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scope of registration, requiring the provider to register with the CQC for the regulated activity of surgical procedure.

CQC, 2019

This means, ANY clinic, that provides thread lifts as a treatment SHOULD be registered with the CQC. If they are not, they are providing treatment outside the UK’s current regulation standards and are treating ILLEGALLY.

What are thread lifts?

Thread lifts are a treatment that use small thread-like materials, placed under the skin, to lift areas of sagging skin and tissue. They help to produce a lift in the face, jawline, breast, arm, legs and buttocks. At The Treatment Rooms London we have specialised Doctors and Surgeons who are able to provide a lift in the face and across the body.

‚ÄčThe treatment tends to last 12 months or longer. As the treatment is minimally invasive the cost for this lift is magnitudes better than a surgical treatment as well as having minimal downtime. For this reason we have seen the popularity of the treatment skyrocket in our clinic!

before and after jowl thread lift london
Jowl lift using PDO Threads

What does the new CQC regulation mean for thread lifts?

As mentioned before, it will mean clinics that are NOT registered with the CQC and are providing thread lifts will now need to register. They should not continue to treat patients with thread lift treatment until they are registered.

At The Treatment Rooms London we have always been registered for surgical procedures under our CQC licence. This means our patients can continue to be safely and legally treated in our clinic.

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Dermal Filler Regulation- What Is Going On?

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With increasing clamour for regulation in the aesthetic industry, dermal fillers have come under the lens again. The Guardian has recently talked about dermal filler regulation. This blog will summarise what is going on!

What has been said?

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons have issued a warning about the lack of regulation in the industry. We already know the dangers of going to see a non-medical professional to have cosmetic surgery (click here for Rachael Knappier’s horror dermal filler).

Unlike many other countries- anyone can inject a dermal filler in the UK. This has meant there has been many beauticians and non-medical professionals picking up a needle and syringe to inject a patient’s face. Needless to say, there has been a sharp increase in complications.

MPs are now becoming concerned with the increasing pressure from healthcare professionals to have the industry more regulated. A Save Face report found a total of 934 complaints about non-surgical procedures in 2018- this was an increase of over 200% from 2016! Approximately 60% of these complaints were patients concerned about their dermal filler treatment with half of these patients having to have their treatment corrected by an actual healthcare professional. Worryingly, 11 patients ended up in A&E.

At The Treatment Rooms London, we make it clear- if you are a patient you need to have a clear idea of who you are seeing for treatment. They should be a medical professional (e.g. Doctor or Surgeon) and they should have sound understanding of the medical treatments they are providing. If your injector can’t answer your questions, can’t take you through the risks of a procedure and can’t manage any complications that can arise- that is a big red flag! Read more about this topic by clicking (here).

What is the current dermal filler regulation?

Dermal fillers are classified as a medical device in Europe. This means they don’t have to go through the stringent testing that medicines have to go through. Unlike America which has 10 approved dermal fillers. Europe has a whopping 160 approved dermal fillers!

At The Treatment Rooms London we are seeing patients coming to see us to have their dermal filler corrected. Often they have seen an inexperienced non-medical injector who has sourced their filler online. These fillers are usually poor quality, cheap and unregulated. If you knew the substance that was being injected in your face didn’t meet stringent medical tests would you still agree to have treatment?

What happens at The Treatment Rooms London?

At The Treatment Rooms London we source all our fillers directly from approved, vetted and regulated manufacturers. This means our patients receive high quality fillers. No corners or costs are cut to ensure high quality and safe care for our patients. All our injectors are Doctors and Surgeons- not nurses or allied healthcare professionals.

Our Doctors and Surgeons go through all risks of treatment before commencing any procedure. In our dedicated, purpose built clinic, procedures are performed in a sterile environment. Being a CQC-registered clinic for cosmetic surgery we are able to perform a wide range of procedures- legally meeting the high standards of CQC regulation. If you wanted to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/29/plastic-surgeons-call-for-tougher-uk-rules-on-dermal-fillers?CMP=share_btn_fb
  2. https://www.saveface.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Save-Face-Consumer-Complaints-Report-2017-18-FINAL-1118.pdf
  3. https://www.who.com.au/do-you-need-fillers-where-when-how
  4. https://krcrtv.com/news/shasta-county/redding-woman-charged-after-allegedly-injecting-botox-without-a-license
  5. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/beautician-dermal-fillers/

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Jowl Thread Lifts- What You Need To Know

before and after jowl thread lift london

At The Treatment Rooms London, we have been providing jowl thread lifts to patients across London and internationally. Being one of the most popular treatments, we wanted to write more about the procedure.

What is a jowl?

A jowl is the drooping bit of skin and fat on your jawline. It is mainly caused by the fatty tissue in your face moving downwards as you age. In the end, the appearance of a jowl can make you look sad, tired and older.

In the before picture above you can see a clear sag in the jawline caused by skin and fat. This is a typical jowl.

How are jowls treated?

Before thread lifts were introduced, the main treatments available to combat the problem were dermal fillers or a surgical face lift.

Using dermal fillers placed on the cheek bone and in the chin together with the angle of the jaw, you can “conceal” a jowl. The treatment works because:

  • Filler in the cheek bone helps to lift the skin and muscle in the face up. This helps to lift the jowl up too
  • Filler in the chin and jawline angle stretches the skin and fat across the jowl and helps to define the jawline

However, there comes a point when you cannot place more filler without looking unnatural. Secondly, in some patients the jowl has sagged so much that using fillers would not make any difference. This is where a jowl thread lift works best. If you were looking to have a procedure that had less downtime than a surgical face lift the best treatment option for your jowls is a thread lift.

What is a jowl thread lift?

A thread lift is a minimally invasive treatment. By placing a thread under the skin and into the fat tissue we can pull these threads up to lift skin and fat. The thread is the same material used in surgery to stitch wounds and at The Treatment Rooms London we use polydioxanone (PDO) threads. These threads have small tags on them that help to latch onto skin and fat so when the thread is pulled up, the skin and fat are pulled up too.

A jowl thread lift is a treatment that places these threads across your jawline. The threads are pulled up to lift the jowl up the face and remove it sagging across the jawline. This results in a defined natural jaw. At The Treatment Rooms we often combine the treatment with a dermal filler placed in the pre-jowl area. This means your jaw is not only defined but has a natural contour that suits your face after a thread lift.

Jowl thread lift

In the video above you will see a jowl thread lift in action performed by one of The Treatment Rooms’ Doctors. You will see the PDO thread being placed across the jawline eventually tied and tightened to lift the jowl.

What happens after?

After the treatment you may have a bit of swelling and bruising but you can go back to your daily activities. We recommend you don’t eat any chewy foods for 7-10 days and don’t exercise for 5 days. Any pain you may feel should be mild and can be managed with Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.

Is it painful?

At The Treatment Rooms London, we use local anaesthetic to make sure you don’t feel any sharp pain. You may feel a bit of tugging and pulling during the procedure and this is normal.

Some before and after photos of jowl thread lifts

before and after jowl lift using pdo threads
Jawline contouring using PDO threads
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Lifting the jowls using PDO threads to define the jawline. Results last 2 years.

References

  1. http://www.dermatologytimes.com/nonsurgical-procedures/newer-technologies-give-thread-lifting-lift
  2. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/treatment/pdo-thread-jowl-lift-patient-results/
  3. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/katie-price-face-thread-lift/
  4. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/face-thread-lift-blog/
  5. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/thread-lift-blog/

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