Deciding to undertake a treatment program to address skin and body concerns is a big step. The task of which clinic to go to can be a daunting but also a confusing one as the equipment and qualifications of the professionals offering these types of treatments is so varied.


Unfortunately, not all practitioners within the dermal therapy industry have the necessary qualifications and training to undertake treatments in a safe and effective manner.


So before you decide on moving forward with a treatment plan, be sure to ask your practitioner the following questions.


If you are satisfied that your practitioner answers these simple questions satisfactorily, then you may be ready to book in for your treatments.


Do you have nationally accredited qualifications that are from a university or a registered training organisation? 


You should ask to see them if they are not on display.


Certificate = days/weeks

Diploma = months

Degree = years of specialised training


Are you a member of a the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians?


Registered Dermal Clinicians and Dermal Therapists with the ASDC are upheld to standards of ethical and evidence based practice.


Have you had accredited training in light and laser safety, how long ago? 


Continued education and refresher programs are advised by the ASDC.


Is your equipment medical grade? Will I be test patched prior to treatment? 


Not all equipment is created equally. Test-patching is one mechanism that dermal clinicians use to minimise the risks associated with dermal therapy procedures, particularly in clients with darker skin types.


If I have an adverse effect from a treatment, how will they be managed?

In the event that an adverse effect does occur you want to make sure the clinic has policies and procedures in place to manage them appropriately. This includes having the ability to refer on if required.


Do you hold your own insurance?

Ensuring your practitioner is covered by insurance and registered with local councils means that the premises complies with relevant health and safety requirements and they are working within their scope of practice.