Earlier on this year I had a series of treatments at PHI Clinic using the M22 device which utilises IPL, ND Yag and Fractional Laser Resurfacing technologies. Though this might sound scary it really wasn’t and the big appeal of it was that it’s non-ablative i.e. it works on the deeper layers of the skin leaving the top layer largely unharmed. This means that downtime is minimal and limited to a brief period of redness, puffiness and slightly rough feeling skin. I was really delighted with the results which were brighter, smoother and clearer skin.
The only drawback to the M22 is that it you can’t treat around the eyes with it. Therefore, when I heard that PHI Clinic were introducing a new laser called Tixel that could treat the eye area right up to the lash line and without the downtime of traditional lasers I was very keen to try it. Simply put, Tixel works by creating tiny channels in the skin and delivers heat down them. The skin’s response to this is to produce more collagen and this results in tighter, smoother skin.
I’m not a risk taker when it comes to having aesthetic treatments and I probably wouldn’t have tried something so new if it meant going anywhere other than PHI Clinic. I’ve been going there regularly for quite a while now (as have a number of my family and friends) and I mainly see Dr Dhillon, who is a truly brilliant cosmetic doctor. It’s really not hard to see why PHI Clinic has the reputation for being the best cosmetic clinic in the county and I always feel in safe hands when I’m there.
Back to Tixel and things begin with a thick application of topical anaesthetic being applied around the eyes and this takes about 40 mins to work. Once the area is numbed the actual treatment can start and this involves a handpiece being lightly pressed around the eye. Considering the delicateness of the eye area I was surprised at how little it hurt – I could feel a bit of heat and a slight stinging sensation but that was it and it was all over in about 10 mins.
As with the M22, several treatments are needed and I’ve only had my first one so it’s too early to see any results. However, I’m very impressed with how fast the recovery time is. As you can see from my photos below, the eye area was quite red and inflamed immediately after the treatment. The next day the redness and swelling had largely gone and I could use makeup to cover it up (though I’m not wearing any makeup in the below photos). The photos taken on day 3 and day 5 after the treatment show how quickly the area healed. I did experience some roughness to the skin with I can best describe as feeling like fine grain sandpaper but the camera couldn’t pick this up and it was barely visible to the naked eye.
What I find interesting about both Tixel and the M22 is that they offer a new way of having laser treatments without any disruption to our lives. Instead of having one treatment that’s followed by an intense recovery period we can now opt to have 3 treatments with minimal downtime and that allow us to carry on with our daily routine as normal. I think that’s quite a step forward.
I’ll write about this again after my third treatment but I’m hopeful that the results will be good.
Two Hours After The Treatment
24 Hours Later
3 Days Later
5 Days Later
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