Tixel; At A Glance
- Best Results2- 4 treatments
- Treatment Recovery0- 4 days
- Procedure Time10-20 min
- Skin SpecialistDermal Therapist, Nurse
- Duration of Results12-60++ months
- Back to WorkNext Day- 4 days
Tixel is a way of delivering fractional resurfacing to the skin, without the use of laser energy. This device delivers controlled & precise heating to the surface layer of the skin, in turn causing ‘microchannels’ These channels can stimulate collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid. Skin care ‘actives’ are better absorbed after Tixel skin resurfacing.
FactsFacts on Tixel skin rejuvenation
- This is a form of energy microchanneling that results in fractional resurfacing
- Unlike laser resurfacing, controlled heat is generated through a cold contact delivery system
- Tixel stimulates your skin to produce collagen; resulting in wrinkle & pore reduction. It works best for mild to moderate wrinkling
- This treatment works best around the eyes
- Tixel can also improve mild to moderate early acne scars
- The treatment is well tolerated, in most cases no anaesthetic is required
- Treatment time ranges from 5 to 25 minutes
- Downtime is less than with laser resurfacing, & ranges from 1- 4 days
- Skin specialists can control the power, passes & depth. This means every treatment is bespoke
What is Tixel?
Tixel is the very latest in fractional skin rejuvenation. Unlike lasers, fractional delivery of controlled heat occurs with less downtime & less pain. Most cases do not require local numbing creams.
How does Tixel work?
Tixel resurfacing involves controlled surface channeling of skin. This results in ‘neocollagenesis’, a term for collagen remodelling and regeneration. New collagen reduces fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage (elastosis), shrinks pores, & reduces scarring.
What conditions can be treated with Tixel?
Tixel technology can address-
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Under eye concerns
- Improve skin quality
- Early & mild acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Active acne (via non-selective destruction of the oil gland)
@cutis_dermatology we practice at the highest standards, namely, we find the best solution for your skin concerns. This means my team & I will choose the best methods or devices for your skin, in some cases, Tixel may be appropriate, whilst in other cases, low downtime lasers may give better results.
Is the treatment painful?
Treatments are comfortable. Some patients will require numbing cream an hour before the procedure, depending on the planned intensity of the procedure. 90% of Tixel procedures do NOT require numbing cream as it is well tolerated. In some cases we use super cooled air (called Zimmer) to alleviate any pain.
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How many Tixel sessions are required?
2-4 depending on your concerns. Sessions are spaced between 3-12 weeks apart.
Is Tixel suitable for everyone?
Unlike lasers, Tixel can be safely used on all skin types, including dark skin. This treatment works best for patients who have mild to moderate wrinkling & laxity. For severe laxity – wrinkling – sun damage, ablative laser resurfacing may be indicated. My clinical team will discuss the optimal treatment for your concerns.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatments take 5-25 minutes to perform, depending on the number of passes and area/areas treated.
What is the recovery time?
1- 5 days. Depending on the intensity of the treatment. We will give you an accurate recovery time, based upon your concerns. After treatment your skin will be slightly red for a few hours. Deeper treatments will give patterned ‘gridding’ that may last several days. The use of a simple moisturiser can speed up recovery.
Can this treatment be combined with other treatments?
Yes ! Tixel can be combined with lasers such as Fraxel as well as nano-pico lasers. I also combine this treatment with threads, HIFU & RF. I also combine Tixel with injectables including Botox & dermal fillers.
Many patients will have ‘combination concerns’, namely wrinkles around the eyes or mouth, with background age related changes such as fine wrinkles, pigmentation & sun damage. Tixel can be applied to the heavier areas of wrinkling, whilst a gentle laser can be used elsewhere.
The advantage of Tixel technology is that DOWNTIME CAN BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM whilst still addressing skin conditions.
Is fractional resurfacing safe over areas of dermal fillers?
Yes. All forms of fractional resurfacing including lasers, RF, microneedling, HIFU, & RFM (radiofrequency microneedling) are compatible with prior treatment with dermal fillers. A recent paper published in 2019 (Derm Surg journal) confirms that hyaluronic acid fillers are NOT degraded by lasers and other devices. This is because hyaluronic acid fillers are stable at temperatures of beyond 100 degrees for well over 6 minutes. Though Tixel generates heating at over 400 degrees, the pulse duration (time of energy delivered) is very short; in the order of milliseconds. Additionally, the majority of the energy is delivered in the epidermis and dermal areas, well away from the placement of dermal fillers.
How much does the Tixel procedure cost?
How do I know if Tixel is suitable for me?
Book for a consultation with my clinical nurses & dermal therapists @cutis_dermatology.
At Cutis we have over twenty devices including lasers, IPL-BBL and many more EBDs (energy-based devices). Finding the correct treatment for your concerns will give the best outcome.
Davin’s viewpoint on Tixel skin resurfacing
Tixel is the very latest device used for fractional skin resurfacing. The downside with laser resurfacing is the downtime associated with light-based energy devices. Laser is ‘amplified light’, namely Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Tixel on the other hand generates a very short pulse of controlled heat without radiation of light. This has certain advantages, especially with healing times. A Tixel treatment has 48 to 72 hours faster healing than an equivalent laser treatment (ablative CO2 or erbium laser).
Practicing in Brisbane, Queensland, I see a huge amount of sun damage- solar elastosis. The result is premature wrinkling of the skin, especially around the eyes (skin laxity as well as crow’s feet) as well as wrinkles on the upper lip; known collectively as ‘smoker’s lines’. Tixel is ideal for these areas. Treatments are well tolerated, but most importantly effective with minimal downtime.
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