Our Tixel machine works by using a small heated metal plate with tiny pyramid shape protrusions to apply heat to the skin so quickly, the nerves do not have time to register it. The hot plate is only in contact with the skin for between 6 and 18 thousandths of a second and this is how it stimulates the skin’s healing reaction with minimal pain and discomfort or the need for a long recovery time. This reaction includes encouraging skin cell turnover and increased production of collagen and elastin to smooth the skin, tighten it and reduce scaring and pigmentation.
Tixel has individual settings which our skin experts can use dependant on the results you would like to achieve. The most gentle level, called Mezotix, simply opens temporary channels in the skin to allow effective topical treatments and youth activating serums to penetrate more deeply in to the skin and is used to treat mild skin pigmentations and enhance collagen stimulation. In this way we can apply active ingredients that can achieve similar results to strong chemical peels without any downtime associated with acids. The results from Mezotix treatments show exceptional results in reducing pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and leaves the skin smoother, hydrated and radiant.
At the stronger Tixel settings the heat plate is left on the skin for fractions of a second longer than Mezotix and the heat generated from this has a more ablative effect on the outer layer of the skin causing more significant tightening and remodelling of the skin. This level of treatment is more suited to tightening the skin of the eyelids, treating more age-related skin changes and with acne scarring.
The results of this treatment have been shown to be as effective as a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure. A recent scientific study ( this can be direct link to the study). https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/14764172.2015.1052513?journalCode=ijcl20 demonstrated Tixel provides excellent results with low pain,low downtime and a quick patient recovery .
What happens during the treatment?
We apply an anaesthetic cream to the treatment area and then we use the Tixel machine to apply very hot tiny titanium points to the area so quickly that your nerves don’t have time to register it. This is repeated to cover the whole treatment area.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the area being treated, the treatment can take between 15 and 20 minutes or less as the heat is applied so quickly but the process has to be repeated to cover the whole area.
Is the treatment painful?
No, the strongest setting might cause you to feel some discomfort similar to sunburn but it is not painful as such. At the stronger settings a local anaesthetic cream is applied for 30 mins.
How many treatments will I need?
Everyone reacts differently to the treatment and it will also depend on the results you are looking to achieve. Most people see results after the first treatment but we recommend between 3 and 6 treatments to achieve the full effect. As an alternative to eyelid surgery usually 3-4 treatments are needed.
How long does it take before I see results?
You should see results between 4 to 6 weeks after treatment but will continue for up to 12 weeks after each treatment.
How long does the treatment last?
Skin toning and tightening can last up to 12 to 24 months with TIXEL treatment.
Which areas can Tixel treat?
Tixel can be used on the whole face, neck, décolletage and arms as well as smaller areas like the eye area or around the mouth. It is exceptionally good at tightening the eyelid skin.
Are there any side effects?
Tixel is completely safe and only uses natural heat so there are very little risks or side effects. The Tixel machine heats the titanium plate and controls the time it is applied to the skin. It has built in safety features to maintain a safe contact time on the skin to avoid the risks of burns or scarring. After the treatment you may experience some redness which can last a few days and some micro-crusting (very small scabbing) which can last for up to a week which can easily be covered up with makeup. You will also need to avoid active tanning for 3 weeks before and after the treatment and use a high SPF sun protection following the treatment.
Tixel / Mezotix Treatment
Mezotix & PRP Treatment
(no consultation fee required)
(no consultation fee required)
No. of treatmentsUsually 3
Recovery Time1-2 days
Procedure timeAround 30-60 minutes
Back to normal1-2 days
Final ResultsAfter 2-3 months
AnaestheticTopical Plus injections
Duration of resultsUp to 1 year
DISCLAIMER: We are all unique. This means that treatment plans, the results, down time and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information we provide is based on the extensive experience we have gained from treating a wide variety of patients, both men and women of different ages and is based on an average treatment experience. For more accurate information about how the treatment experience would be for you, we suggest you make a CONSULTATION with Dr Strawford at one of our clinics.
Why choose Skin Excellence Clinics
What makes Skin Excellence Clinics so special and why should you choose to have your medical cosmetic treatment with us?
- The guiding principle of Skin Excellence Clinics has always been to deliver exceptional patient care: this was the focus in 2005 when Dr Strawford started in the field of medical aesthetics and has remained the ethos we have followed for the past 11 years.
- Dr Ian Strawford, founder of Skin Excellence Clinics will help you to find the right solution: but only if appropriate for your needs and expectations
- You will receive a free medical consultation, where you will be given plenty of time and space to consider all of your options, before deciding if treatment may be right for you.
- We source the best products through official UK Pharmacies: we do not risk the safety of our patients, the quality of our service or the results of your treatments.
- Whilst many people naturally assume that cosmetic treatments are all about beautification: we can help to reduce the psychological and emotional effects of scarring, acne, rosacea, excessive sweating, hair loss and skin lesions.
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