If you find yourself looking in the mirror and focusing on the lines on your forehead, those dreaded crowfeet or even if it is just a general drop or slackening of your skin that upsets you, I would wholeheartedly recommend Tixel as a treatment to consider.
What is it and how does Tixel work?
To begin with, you have three main options: Ablative, Non-Ablative and Open Channel. Ablative being the most intensive treatment and Open Channel the least. The procedures work in a similar way to laser resurfacing or a chemical peel. They use heat to destroy damaged skin cells and in turn encourage new cell turnover through harnessing the skins natural healing process. The dermatologist can tailor the treatment to your skins personal needs, be it Vitamin C or Hyaluronic acid and so on, whilst the channels are open.
A small hot metal plate, about 2cm in size and with little pyramid shapes repeatedly touches your skin until all of your face has been treated. Each time the plate touches your face it comes into contact with your skin for between just 6 and 18 thousandths of a second, a time so brief that your nerves fail to register the heat. To be on the safe side, a local anaesthetic is also applied before the treatment.
What is the downside?
This depends on the treatment you opt for. For me I was left with a red grid-like effect that evening that felt not dissimilar to sunburn, and the marks remained visible the next day. After two days my skin felt very dry and I noticed some crusting of the surface. I wasn’t bothered by this and applied a tinted moisturiser to reduce the affect. I was happy to see an immediate improvement in the lines on my forehead, my dark circles, and the crowfeet around my eyes. I really noticed an overall tightening to my skin too.
I would say that this has been by far the most effective treatment I have ever had. I was so pleased about the improvement of my lines and the phenomenal tightening it resulted in.
I chose to go for the Non-Ablative treatment, which I would say is a good option for anyone who is a little cautious. This session will be followed by one or two more sessions spaced out over the next five weeks.
How much should it cost, and where to have it done?
For mine, I went to see Dr. Surbhi, who charges £250 for a session. She is extremely careful and is a highly experienced, fully trained and qualified dermatologist. I would recommend having a look at the videos on her site.
Taking into consideration all of the money I have spent on useless creams and facials, none of which ever really result in any difference, I would say save your money and put it towards a Tixel treatment.