At first glance, a professional beauty therapist and a dermal therapist seem to cover many of the same areas, so you can be forgiven for not knowing the difference between them. Where they differ most is the extent of their training, the depth of their knowledge, and the scope of the treatments they can provide. For this reason, a dermal therapist is often considered superior to a beauty therapist.
A dermal therapist, also known as a dermal clinician, has spent years developing a thorough understanding of cosmetic medicine. They’re also trained to perform more advanced procedures such as skin needling and chemical peels, among others. Beauty therapists, on the other hand, have less formal training and focus more on superficial beauty and spa treatments.
Your preferred therapist will depend on your specific beauty goals. If you want something superficial such as a facial, massage or spa treatment, a qualified beauty therapist will suffice. But if you’re seeking treatment for an acute or chronic skin condition, you’re better off seeing a dermal clinician. Dermal therapists work alongside other health professionals to provide more advanced treatments such as IPL skin rejuvenation and LED light therapy.
In Australia, beauty practitioners are mostly self-regulated. This means that a beauty therapist can legally provide face dermal fillers even if they have no formal qualifications. However, just because many beauty therapists can provide this service doesn’t mean that they can be trusted to do the job properly. You should always evaluate the training and experience of a practitioner and defer to a dermal clinician where possible.
If you want to learn more about the difference between dermal therapy and beauty therapy services and which you should choose based on your specific needs, the team at H&H Aesthetic Medicine can help. Get in touch with us today to get your questions answered or make a booking with an experienced dermal therapist.