What Is Tixel?
Tixel is a revolutionary, new skin rejuvenation treatment which clears away wrinkles, scars, acne, stretch marks, skin discolouration and other defects. Simultaneously, Tixel tightens sagging skin to create a more vibrant and youthful look. The treatment is named after the instrument which is used, called the Tixel device. This is a small, portable apparatus the size of a microwave which has two handpieces attached. Unlike other skin tightening and anti-wrinkle treatments, Tixel does not use lasers or injections. Instead, it simply uses heat energy to tighten, brighten, and revitalise the skin. This is known as Thermo-Mechanical Ablation Technology.
What Can Tixel Do?
The Tixel is an advanced skin device that works to tighten and rejuvenate worn-out skin. It erases wrinkles and furrows, such as forehead lines, “frown” lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines or lip lines. It can also even out the skin tone by removing sun damaged skin, skin discolouration, age spots, active acne, and acne scars. The treatment also serves to tighten sagging skin, which can help to define the eyes, cheekbones and jawline, creating a brighter, tighter, and more youthful look.
How Does It Work?
The Tixel device has a titanium tip with a jagged surface, which is made up of lots of little metal pyramids. This tip does not pierce the skin but merely touches its surface to transfer thermal energy to it. The amount of energy that is transferred depends on the length of time for which the tip was in contact with the skin. This heat energy breaks down the skin cells on the outer layer of the skin, which removes the wrinkles, scars and other blemishes that existed on this layer. The skin then heals itself naturally, as a new, fresh layer of skin develops in the place of the old one.
What Is Tixel Treatment Used For?
Tixel is used to treat the skin on the face, neck, hands, arms, and body. Facial treatments are often used to erase wrinkles such as Forehead (“worry”) lines, Glabellar (“frown”) lines, crow’s feet, or lip lines. The treatment is also effective at removing active acne and acne scars, as well as tightening sagging skin. On the face and elsewhere on the body, Tixel can be used to remove stretch marks, neck folds, open pores, or skin discolouration.
What Is the Difference Between Ablative and Non-Ablative Tixel Treatments?
The Tixel device has several settings ranging from superficial non-ablative to deep ablative. Non-ablative treatments are less intense because they only transfer heat energy to the surface layers of the skin. This makes them suitable for patients with finer, surface-level wrinkles, open pores, and minimal sagging skin. Additionally, the recovery time for these treatments is much faster, making them suitable for patients with busy schedules who cannot afford a long downtime. By contrast, ablative treatments transfer heat energy to deeper layers of skin, erasing furrows, scars, skin discolouration, and other defects. The recovery time for this procedure is a bit longer and can last for 2-3 days.
As the Tixel device touches the skin for such a brief amount of time, the procedure is far less uncomfortable than other skin rejuvenation treatments that use injections or lasers. Consequently, the Tixel treatment is not very painful and no analgesic creams are required, unless deep ablative treatment is being carried out.
You may experience some redness, swelling, or tenderness at the site which was treated for three to four hours following the procedure. Some patients also experience mild erythema following the treatment, though this will subside within two to three hours. Deeper Ablative skin treatments can take two to three days for the redness to subside.
For a complete course of treatments, prices begin at £395. During your consultation, a specialist will discuss the number of treatments that you require to fulfil your needs and will determine the price from there.
The downtime that is required following your Tixel treatment depends on whether the procedure was ablative or non-ablative, with ablative treatments requiring more downtime. Nevertheless, roughly speaking, none to three days of downtime is required after a Tixel treatment.