Tixel utilizes a technology called Thermo-Mechanical Action, or TMA, that allows the device deliver thermal energy through a tip located on the handpiece. The pyramid-textured titanium tip of the handpiece can produce heat at about 400°C, almost equal to CO2 laser temperature. As titanium is a heat-resistant alloy, the heat is transferred to the upper dermis by brief controlled contact which safely evaporates the tissue in the target area.
Tixel treatment is almost painless, with most treatments not requiring the use of any anaesthetic cream. The base of the device, as well as the handpiece, are light and easily portable. As Tixel does not emit radiation, there is no need to wear safety goggles.