What is TIXEL?
TIXEL is a novel Thermomechanical device for skin tightening, anti ageing, and skin scars for all skin types.
How does TIXEL work?
TIXEL uses a Titanium tip with small contact points which are about 20 microns in size. It then delivers the energy to the skin through a prefixed contact time and contact depth. This means that TIXEL can therefore be used at different depths and different contact times to deliver different results.
-Using a high contact time and medium penetration allows TIXEL to work like an ablative laser, and give good improvement in acne scars, stretch marks or fine lines of the skin
-Using a short contact time and medium penetration allows for tightening of the skin and treats open pores and fine lines
-Using very short contact and very superficial penetration helps to make open channels in the skin through which medicines and actives (antiageing creams, anti pigmentation creams) can be delivered.
Where can be TIXEL be used?
Because of the different depths and methods of actions, we can use TIXEL for
How is TIXEL different from lasers?
LASERS are a technology based on light. The light from the lasers interacts with the skin and causes effects by heating the skin.
TIXEL is based on heat. With its patented titanium tips, it transfers heat directly to the skin itself. The advantage is there is no side effects to the eye, so no additional eye protection is required. Other devices like microneedles , dermarollers need to be sterilised before reuse. However, TIXEL auto sterilises itself because of the heat, and this means additional safety of no cross infections between two treatments. Because of these, the cost of these treatments are significantly lower than Laser or Microneedle treatments.
The treatment tip at the contact point is only 20 microns, so the down time or redness post treatment lasts less than 48 hours. Also the post treatment marks are very faint and can be covered with a tinted sunscreen/makeup.
This means the treated persons can go back to work the very next day. It is typically a weekend treatment.
How long does a treatment take?
This usually depends on the treatment area. Usually no anesthetic is applied as the treatment is not painful. However, in sensitive people, anesthetic cream is applied for 20 mins and the treatment is done. Post treatment, skin is cooled with ice and sunscreen is applied.
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