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.

​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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What’s all the fuss about PDO Thread Lifts?

pdo thread information

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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The Treatment Rooms London: A new cosmetic clinic in the heart of Putney

hair transplant surgeons Dr Fernando and Dr Vara

Welcome to The Treatment Rooms (TTR)! We are delighted to release our first blog post on our brand-new website, we hope you like it…

TTR is a doctor-led cosmetic clinic specialised in providing personalised care and service to all of our clients. The clinic was established by us- Dr Dilan Fernando and Dr Roshan Vara, we are proud to have created TTR in alignment with our own passion and belief for how aesthetic medicine should be delivered.

Personal motivation

Last year, one of our closest friends underwent an FUE hair transplant procedure. Despite having some level of success from the treatment, he explained how his experience was made negative by the service offered before, during and after the procedure. We found it disheartening to hear about small but common pitfalls which overall left our friend feeling dissatisfied with his experience. This inspired us to create a clinic which truly embraced our philosophy as doctors, where clients are at the centre of their own care.

Local contribution

We have an ambition to establish a leading UK clinic here in the heart of Putney. The choice of location is not random. We have both grown up in South West London from a young age and over time we have gained a close attachment to the local community, one that we hope to service for years to come. We know that within London, there is a drive for health, beauty and well-being. We believe that TTR can play an important role in local people’s lives, with our positive mantra we want to be part of what makes individuals feel great.

Personalised care

We understand each person has their own aesthetic journey, our aim is to support you and make it a positive experience. Whether you are at the start of that journey, or at a stage where you have done your research, we welcome you to book a free consultation with us so we can guide you from there. We offer a service with high attention to detail and we take extra care to ensure you are happy with your treatment plan, placing great importance in following you up to ensure you are satisfied with your results.

Latest and safest treatments

And so, we have made a conscientious effort to provide the latest and safest treatments in cosmetic care. You can trust our doctors to deliver you an extensive service, from the best results with anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections, to boosting your confidence with our hair loss treatments. We hope to leave you confident in your skin, body, hair and health, all with the personal touch of TTR.

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