The Tixel Pro uses a technology called Thermal Mechanical Ablation(TMA) to transfer heat energy to the skin very quickly and safely.
- The Tixel Pro resurface skin: heat stimulates the skin to generate collagen and elastic fibres and hence improve skin surface
- The Tixel Pro tightens skin: heat stimulates collagen contraction and tightens skin without surgery
- The Tixel Pro produces microscopic channels to allow medication to enter the skin: non needle skin infusion
The Tixel Pro treats a variety of skin conditions
- Acne and burn scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Photodamaged skin
- Non-surgical skin tightening
- Non-injection delivery of medication or healing compounds into skin
The Tixel Pro technology
- The Tixel Pro uses a bio-compatible tip (1 cm2) with an array of 81 pyramid-shaped pins
- The pins are heated to a temperature of 400 degrees Celsius, similar to the temperature generated by the CO2 laser beam.
- During treatment, the thermal energy stored in the pins are rapidly transferred to the skin within a few milliseconds, by thermo-mechanical ablation. The transferred heat impacts the targeted skin almost identical to fractional ablative and non-ablative lasers
- The pins advance towards the skin by a simple continuous back and forth motion at a precisely controlled speed and distance. The pins push the skin and the thermal energy which is stored within them is transferred through the apex of each pyramid in motion. This is done very quickly, during the brief contact with the skin which lasts only a few milliseconds(ms), and can be adjusted to between 5ms and 18ms. The tip distance (“protrusion”) can be set to push the skin between 100μm and 1000μm, at intervals of 100μm. An 8ms pulse duration, for example, can achieve a thermal effect which is 100μm deep, while 14ms creates a 200μm deep effect. The pins are not sharp, they do not protrude the skin physically. The technique is therefore a non-invasive method of heat transfer to tissue by contact
- In all, the device has three settings which Dr Joyce Lim can manipulate
- The first is the exposure time which determines how long she wants the tip to touch the skin (in milliseconds)
- The second is the protrusion, i.e., how much of the tip comes out from the distance gauge (in microns); and
- The third, whether it is a single pass or double pass, i.e. touch once or touch twice.
- The pins can make micro-channels, or micro-pores, which are 170μm (microns) wide, 1250μm apart, and between 50 and 200μm deep, creating discrete and uniform treatment zones.
- It can operate in three modes – ablative, non-ablative and open channel.
- In ablative and non-ablative modes deep or shallow channels are created. This heated channels stimulate the skin to generate collagen and elastic fibers and hence improve skin surface. The heat stimulates collagen contraction and tightens skin without surgery
- In open channel mode Tixel Pro transfers heat to the upper dermis while sparing the epidermis thus generating permeable channels with effective transdermal transfer of healing compounds or skin lighteners
The Tixel Pro treatment procedure
- The skin is cleansed and topical anaesthesia applied
- During treatment, the Tixel Pro tip is applied to the skin multiple times, via a piston-like action from the handpiece.
- Treatment takes 15-30 minutes
- During treatment you may feel heat or a tingling sensation.
- After the treatment the skin is pink and may be swollen. Crusts may be seen the next day and disappear after 3-4 days, depending on the intensity of the treatment and the type of skin problem
- Tixel Pro can treat delicate skin, including the area around to eyes and eyelids, the neck, décolletage and back of hands