Like lasers and radiofrequency and ultrasound, Tixel creates a trauma to the skin, which stimulates the skin’s wound-healing mechanism, in order to generate the production of new collagen and elastic which results in smoother, firmer, tighter skin. But unlike those other technologies, Tixel does this just by using heat. One practitioner described it to me as the equivalent of a ‘waffle iron for your crow’s feet’. It is the only one of these technologies that can be used on the eyelids.
Pain level: Medium
Cost from: £400
Recovery time: More than 3 days
Where is it used for:
The face, including around the eyes and the eyelids, the decolletage, the neck and the hands.
How does it work:
The Tixel device delivers a controlled burn to the surface of the skin. The treatment head of the device is made of 81 tiny titanium cones, so rather than creating a solid burn, it leaves a grid of tiny burned channels into the skin, which stimulate the release of growth factors and trigger the production of new collagen that heals the skin from the inside.
How long does it take:
20 minutes for the area around the eyes; 45 minutes to do the whole face.
Medium to high
Extra-strength numbing cream needed.
Smoother, less wrinkled skin. It’s particularly good at smoothing the crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes.
You’ll need to factor in at least three days recovery time during which the treated skin will be pink and puffy. Skin will also need extra careful protection from UV light
Things to bear in mind:
That recovery time. It’s not a procedure where you can just cover up the evidence with mineral-powder makeup.
Tixel can help you with these concerns: