CQC and Thread Lifts- The Latest in Regulation

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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.

​The 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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Face Thread Lift: What You Need To Know

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At The Treatment Rooms London we have seen a clear increase in the popularity of having a face lift with PDO threads. As London’s premier clinic for thread lifts, we wanted to share why we think face thread lifts have become such an important treatment option in tackling the signs of ageing.

Why are PDO Thread Lifts so popular?

PDO threads are very similar in material to stitches, they can be placed under the skin using a small entry point to create an immediate face lift, but, the brilliance of the treatment is what happens next. As our body works to naturally break down the threads, it lays strong pillars of collagen in its place. Therefore, over the next six to eight weeks the threads are gone, leaving behind your body’s own collagen precisely located to create an increasingly popular long lasting and natural lifting effect.

“Will I look fake after a PDO Thread Lift?”

Our patients often tell us their friends and family have noticed that they “look brighter” or “well” but are not quite able to pin the reason as to why. From a Doctor’s point of view (and often the patient too) this is the perfect feedback! Thread face lifts are designed to be discrete, lifting sagging skin in the face, to create a natural, refreshed and rejuvenated look. Best of all, this is achieved without the need to add volume to the face.

“What if I want a more drastic face lift?”

It is important to remember that PDO Thread Lifts are a non-surgical option to having a face lift. If you wanted a more drastic result, a surgical face lift may be an option. However, undergoing surgical face lift is daunting. It is a costly procedure with many weeks of downtime and no guarantee that the end result will be satisfactory. Many of our patients consider thread face lift as the last resort prior to pursuing a surgical procedure and are often very pleased. Not to mention a post-procedure downtime kept at a minimum (approximately 1-2 days, maximum 5 days).

“They sound amazing but what is the catch?”

As with all medical procedures you must make sure you have had all your questions answered around complications and side effects prior to undergoing the procedure. At The Treatment Rooms London we make sure all our patients are clued up with their surgeon on the following points:

  1. A thread lift can only be expected to lift a certain amount of skin and tissue
  2. The result should last 2 years and beyond but may need repeat treatment in 18 months time
  3. Complications are rare and side effects can be managed but each should be discussed in detail alongside their management before undergoing the procedure
  4. Follow up is important- no surgeon can guarantee results so scheduling a routine review is paramount. This ensures a top up is performed if required.

At The Treatment Rooms We Love Performing Face Lifts

A face thread lift is one of the most popular treatments at The Treatment Rooms. It can be performed in 45-60 minutes. It is a simple, minimally invasive procedure and you can go back to work or your planned commitments the same day- hence why it is called the “lunchtime lift” or a “weekend lift”.

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Non-surgical face lift using PDO threads. 45 minute procedure with minimal downtime.

The patient in the picture above had 3 main areas treated.

  • Upper face lift (temples to nasolabial folds)
  • Mid face lift (just below the ears to mouth corners)
  • Jowl lift (along jawline to chin)

As part of the ageing process our bone structure and fat pads dissolve away, resulting in loss of volume and sagging skin. In this case we used deep dermal fillers on the side of the face to recreate some of that lost bone and fat, pairing it beautifully with thread lifts to lift the skin and flatten deep wrinkles, leaving our patient looking and feeling more youthful and rejuvenated.

To see more before and after photos of our face thread lifts click here.

To see more of our cases of face and body thread lifts click here.

If you would like to book in for a free consultation with our thread lift doctors contact us today.


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What’s all the fuss about PDO Thread Lifts?

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PDO Thread Lifts are now a leading non-surgical technique used to achieve facial rejuvenation and a more youthful-looking appearance. Whilst many aesthetic doctors continue to use anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections, those seeking a face lift often haven’t explored the option of having PDO Thread Lifts- which provide an immediate, long lasting lift with minimal post-treatment downtime. In this blog we explain what PDO Thread Lifts are; why they work; and how at The Treatment Rooms London we are pioneering their use throughout the body.

PDO Thread Lifts – Key Points:

– Threads are dissolvable sutures inserted safely under the skin
– They lift skin and tighten fat tissue to erase lines and create definition
– 30-45 minute procedure for immediate effects with minimal downtime
– Full results are seen after 6-8 weeks and can last up to 2 years

What is a PDO Thread Lift?

Quite simply, the ‘thread’ in a PDO Thread Lift consists of a material similar to that used for ‘stitches’ at a hospital. The same dissolvable sutures are slightly modified with little tags that help anchor them into tissue. A special blunt needle is used to pass the thread safely under the skin in specific areas to achieve the best cosmetic result (1).

Why do PDO Thread Lifts work?

Your skin is thicker than you think and has several layers. As we get older the deeper layers lose some key components such as collagen and elastin which mean wrinkles and lines develop on the surface. The PDO threads can safely be inserted into the deeper layers of skin, the tags then hold onto the skin, so that when it is tightened it props the skin up. Almost like opening an umbrella lifting your skin, flattening out any lines or wrinkles and helping to shape the skin to your natural look. This is an immediate effect and our patients walk away with an instant face or body lift.

Even more, PDO Thread Lifts improve in their effect over the following few weeks. Over time the sutures are broken down and absorbed by natural processes in the body. In doing so our body leaves in place natural collagen which is key to providing youthful properties to the skin. The threads dissolve away, but your skin is left with a brand new revitalised deep layer of skin, which increases the rejuvenating lift. This means full results are seen after 6-8 weeks, but also explains how results can last for up to 2 years in many cases.

The Treatment Rooms London approach to Thread Lifts

Although PDO Thread Lifts are generally a safe and well tolerated procedure, being able to do it effectively and safely depends on a clinician with good knowledge of the facial anatomy, its safe zones, as well as an intricate understanding of how to get the best cosmetic effect (2,3,4).

We at The Treatment Rooms London work with Dr Hany Abi Ghosn, an internationally acclaimed thread lift specialist, to offer a world class thread lifting service, using carefully sourced, high quality and safe PDO threads.

Dr Hany Abi Ghosn, Thread Lift Specialist

In doing so we have a refined technique which can be used all over the face & body including:

  1. Cheeks/ facelift (non-surgical face lift)
  2. Jowls
  3. Neck/ Jawline
  4. Décolleté
  5. Arms
  6. Buttocks
  7. Inner thighs and legs
  8. Abdomen
  9. Knees

At The Treatment Rooms London we can consult you about your aesthetic goals for 2018 and talk you through our popular personalised care plans that combine PDO Thread Lifts, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments to provide you with complete facial harmonisation (5).

Patient Cases:

before and after buttock thread lift
Lifting the buttock using PDO Threads
jowl thread lift
Jowl thread lift


Click here for more information on PDO Thread Lifts or do not hesitate to book a free consultation with The Treatment Rooms London today.

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1) Sulamanidze, M. A., Fournier, P. F., Paikidze, T. G. & Sulamanidze, G. M. Removal of facial soft tissue ptosis with special threads. Dermatol. Surg. 28, pp.367–71 (2002)
2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4065274/
3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2825122/
4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25993611
5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28863268

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