Dermal Therapists have continued on to an Advanced Diploma, a Graduate Diploma or a Degree qualification in addition to their Beauty Therapy or Nursing backgrounds. Dermal Therapists have extensive training in skin anatomy & physiology, skin conditions, cosmetic chemistry and are trained to analyse and treat skin through a variety of advanced techniques. They typically work in medical settings such as Medi Spas, Skin Rejuvenation Clinics and Cosmetic Clinics. Working alongside doctors specialising in Cosmetic Surgical and non-surgical treatments, they have advanced training in laser, IPL, skin peels, photo rejuvenation, cosmetic tattooing and micro needling. In addition to specialising in dermal therapies, the Dermal Therapist can also offer advice/consultations in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and pre and post-operative care.
They are recognised by professional bodies in cosmetic medicine; AAFPS (Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery), CPSA (Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia) and ACCS (Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery).
Is a Dermal Therapist different to a Beauty Therapist?
YES. Beauty therapy courses do NOT specialise in dermal therapy treatments. Traditional beauty therapy training does not provide the theory and practical competencies required to safely and effectively perform dermal therapies.
Procedures performed by a Dermal Therapist are more likely to carry risk in comparison to the traditional Beauty Therapy treatments.
The title Dermal Therapist is currently unregulated and some operators are using this title for commercial advantage.
To determine if your therapist is qualified, ask if they have completed a nationally accredited dermal therapy qualification. Such qualification should also be on display in the clinic/salon.