What is the difference between a beautician, beauty therapist, esthetician, aesthetician and dermal therapist?
BEAUTICIANBeauticians can be trained on the job with no formal qualification or training, most do however go to TAFE and have a Certificate III in beauty treatments. Beauticians mostly perform beauty services such as spray tanning, waxing, tinting, nails, makeup and lash extensions. They may be allowed in some salons to do basic express facials, body treatments and massage under the supervision of a suitably qualified beauty therapist.
BEAUTY THERAPISTS / ESTHETICIANS / AESTHETICIANSBeauty Therapists in Australia are roughly equivalent to Estheticians or Aestheticians in the United States and the United Kingdom. In Australia we mostly use the general term of Beauty Therapist for anyone who is certificate IV or diploma qualified, however, there are differences in what treatments they are able to perform.
In addition to beauty services performed by beauticians, Certificate IV qualified beauty therapists are trained in performing various facials and massage and study anatomy & physiology and basic cosmetic chemistry. Beauty therapists usually work in beauty salons and spas.
Beauty Therapists who have studied and achieved a Diploma in Beauty Therapy and are trained to perform advanced skin treatments that also includes cosmetic equipment such as high frequency, galvanic, microcurrent, sonophoresis, LED, oxygen infusion, radio frequency and ultrasound cavitation. They have had further training in skin anatomy and physiology, skin diseases and disorders and cosmetic chemistry. Some colleges also offer microdermabrasion as part of the diploma training, but mostly it is a postgraduate course. Beauty therapists have committed themselves to extensive post-graduate training and may carry out the same treatments as Dermal Therapists here in Australia.
Dermal Therapists have engaged in further studies at a university level and achieved an Advanced Diploma, a Graduate Diploma or a Degree qualification such as the Bachelor of Health Science (Dermal Therapies). Dermal Therapists have extensive training in skin anatomy & physiology, skin conditions, cosmetic chemistry and are trained to analyze 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 specializing in Cosmetic Surgical and non-surgical treatments, they have advanced training in laser, IPL, skin peels, photo rejuvenation, cosmetic tattooing and micro needling. Dermal Therapists can continue on to further studies and training in nursing and with Registered Nursing qualifications, they are able to perform injectables under the supervision of a doctor.
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