The most important advantage of Tixel over other modalities including CO₂ lasers is the low level of pain without sacrificing good aesthetic results. Of all the other modalities that I’ve used (CO₂ lasers and RF) the CO₂ has been my gold standard. However, it is very painful and requires the application of an analgesic cream at least 40 minutes prior to treatment.
With Tixel, I don’t use topical anesthesia or cooling at all and both my patients and clinic benefit greatly from the valuable time saved.
Regarding healing time, in my experience the Tixel is very similar to or shorter than laser, depending on the settings used.
Another advantage is safety. I don’t have to worry about general laser safety issues such as eye safety. Because of its compact and portable size, Tixel can easily be used in any room in my clinic. Laser warning signs, safety goggles, etc, are not required. I feel very comfortable and can work fast with Tixel, helping me to streamline my busy schedule. Tixel is also pleasant environmentally: no noise, no smell, no smoke and no debris.
One of the central advantages of the Tixel is its versatility. I can perform an aggressive treatment as with a high power fractional CO₂ laser and perform a very delicate treatment as with an erbium laser. For example, I have obtained nice results on the dorsum of the hands, which are more difficult to achieve with a CO₂ laser.