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Tixel Skin Tightening & Contouring Treatment.

What is Tixel?

Tixel is a skin treatment that involves stamping a heated metallic plate with pyramid-shaped spikes on to the skin. It is not a laser, but instead it utilises thermo-mechanical energy to evaporate tiny channels into the skin. This stimulates new collagen formation to improve skin quality. The channels formed can be immediately used to deliver products into the skin such as tretinoin (vitamin A) or lightening agents to treat pigmentation concerns such as melasma.

The Procedure

Tixel is powered by a unique technology known as TMA (Thermo-Mechanical Action), a non-laser fractional treatment technology that can transfer thermal energy to the skin very quickly and safely. The energy is emitted through a matrix of tiny pyramid-shaped pins made of biocompatible materials covering a treatment area of 1cm². The pins are heated to a temperature of 400°C, similar to the temperature generated by a CO₂ laser beam when it interacts with the skin.

During treatment, the pins are introduced at a precisely controlled speed to the surface of the skin, after which the thermal energy stored in the pins is rapidly transferred to the skin upon brief contact lasting only a few milliseconds. The ensuant evaporation of water from the skin occurs instantaneously, resulting in the formation of tiny micropores in the treatment zone. The tiny pyramids hold a limited amount of energy and evaporate the upper layers of the skin in a controlled manner without causing burns or charring in the tissue, a side effect often seen with other energy sources such as ablative laser.

This helps reduce healing times and complications in comparison to treating all the skin at once. At the same time, it help induces new collagen formation or neo-collagenesis by stimulating the skin’s natural healing process. This process helps with improve general skin quality, wrinkles, skin texture, and can also improve acne scarring.

Another function of the Tixel treatment is that it can also be used to infuse skin care products into the skin. Products such as vitamin A or skin lightening agents can be infused into the skin after Tixel treatment to help induce further changes in the skin


Handpiece has two types of tips:one has low thermal conductivity that is used for sensitive areas such as pre-orbital areas and the other one has high thermal conductivity.Short pulses only damage the stratum corneum, that allows delivery of drugs, serums, topical and etc.

Into the micro pores that have been created.The short pulses are often used for stimulation of collagen creating and improving the laxity of skin.

Long pulses have more aggressive effects that are corresponding to a CO2 ablative treatment that is mostly useful for Caucasian skins.

Tixel laser is more effective for improving wrinkle and lines and skin irregularities.
There is a sublative mode that is very effective for dark skins with no hyperpigmentation effect.

What is the difference between fractional CO2 and the Tixel?

Although fractional CO2 and Tixel have a similar effect on the skin, there are some key differences between the two treatments.

Because Tixel is not a laser device, there is no need to use protective eyewear for the patient or operator. It is possible to treat around the eyes, even very close to the eyelashes, without causing injury to the eyes. There is also a special Tixel handpiece that is smaller and designed specifically for the eye area. CO2 lasers do require corneal shields (metal shields that go under the eyelids) should treatment be performed within the bony orbit around the eye.

CO2 lasers also do leave a layer of char or debris on the skin whereas Tixel does not do this.

Benefits of Tixel Treatment

Tixel treats delicate facial skin incudling periorbital, eyelids, neck and decollete safely. It significantly improves the appearance of the wrinkles and the laxity of the skin. Other benefits of Tixel, it also help with skin rejuvenation , crows feet, open pores, acne and stretch marks.

  • Forehead ” Worry ” lines
  • Glaberlla ” Frown ” lines
  • Eyelid lines
  • Acne Scars
  • Lip lines
  • Creased Chin
  • Crow’s feet (Periorbital lines)
  • Bunny lines
  • Nasal labial fold (Smile lines)
  • Neck Folds

Doctor’s Advice & Recommendation

Tixel is effective for improving wrinkle and lines and skin irregularities.

There is a sublative mode that is very effective for dark skins with no hyperpigmentation effect.

Tixel treatment has no bleeding, side effect or scars.The tightening is one of the highlighted results of this procedure.

It is recommened to apply Tixel Skin Tightening to your skin at least once every month intervales. The treatment can be used in combination with other laser treatment to increase the efficiency of the treatment.