Skin specialists – which one? Choosing between the Dermatologist, Cosmetic Surgeon, Beauty Therapist or Skin Specialist

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Wanting your skin to look it’s very best is a desire that most people share – but whether you have one hour for a quick facial, or are prepared to invest in a longer-term skin treatment program, you still need to know who and what is interacting with your skin – and why.

In this article You By Sia explains the difference between a Dermatologist, Cosmetic Surgeon, Beauty Therapist and Skin Specialist and how you can match your skin care needs to their qualifications and experience.


Who is a Dermatologist?

Dermatologists are doctors specialising in diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of skin disease and skin cancers. They are trained as doctors, studying for six years or more at university and then training in teaching hospitals and practices before getting into dermatology study.

What they can help with:

A typical dermatologist treats skin conditions such as acne, eczema, skin infections, psoriasis, dermatitis, hair and nail disorders, as well as skin tag and mole removal.

Why you would use them:

For more complicated procedures which require prescription or medical attention, see a dermatologist. You may need a referral from your GP.

Cosmetic Surgeons

Who is a Cosmetic Surgeon?

According to Australian Government’s Private Health Department, Cosmetic Surgeon focuses on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques on the face and body. Usually performed via elective surgery, cosmetic surgery helps treated areas to function properly but without so much consideration of the effects relating to skin rejuvenation or overall inside-out skin health.

Qualified doctors from a variety of medical fields work in cosmetic surgery, including plastic surgeons with specialities in plastic or reconstructive techniques. Training is dependent on the field of cosmetic focus and can range from a one-year cosmetic surgery fellowship to weekend courses. The key difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon is training, with the latter including microvascular, craniofacial, hand, pediatric and aesthetic study.

What they can help with:

Not all cosmetic surgeons can perform re-constructive surgery because of their qualifications – it is very important to check credentials before undergoing a cosmetic surgery process.

Depending on the speciality, cosmetic surgeons can perform face lifts, nose reshaping, ear reshaping, eyelid surgery, breast augmentation or reduction, tummy tucks and body contouring – all with invasive surgery and time required for healing of the outward scars.

Why you would use them:

As a last resort when you have tried other forms of treatments and technology on the market, but surgery is the only option that can correct your concern.

Beauty Therapists

Who is a Beauty Therapist?

The APAA (Association of Professional Aestheticians of Australia) defines an Aesthetician, Aesthetic Therapist or Beauty Therapist – as being able to conduct “grooming practices” such as make-up, waxing, cosmetic tattoo or the “more therapeutic modalities” such as electrolysis, massage therapy, lymphatic drainage or non-surgical face lifting.

Training is less intensive than medical dermatologists, typically under three years for degree-qualified therapists.

What they can help with:

Beauty therapists offer makeup services and individual consultation on the best products for their skin type and generally practice in beauty salons, resorts, fitness clubs and spas.

Why you would use them:

Teens and adults who are busy and want to combine beauty therapy with their other health practices use beauty therapists. Do not seek advice for intensive skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser hair removal, cellulite treatment, pigmentation removal or treatments that require addressing the deeper layer of the skin.

Skin Specialists

Who is a Skin Specialist?

Skin care specialists diagnose and treat the skin on the face or body in order to enhance that person’s appearance, using deep scientific knowledge to deliver outstanding skin rejuvenation results. Headed by paramedical aesthetician Sia Hendry, Sydney skin specialist clinics You By Sia are built around a core philosophy of caring for skin from the inside out. Shying away from the use of harsh abrasives or damaging resurfacing techniques, they believe in addressing the cause of skin concerns, rather than masking symptoms.

What they can help with:

Advanced rejuvenation treatments designed to target common skin concerns, such as ageing, pigmentation, acne scarring, rosacea, stretch marks and cellulite.

You By Sia clinics specialise in advanced skin and body treatments including Laser Hair Removal and bespoke Skin Rejuvenation programs.

Why you would use them:

When surgery is not for you and ‘fluffy puffy’ beauty treatments are not delivering results. If you need dedication to delivering genuine, long-lasting results for your skin, by treating the deeper layer of the skin. Sydney skin specialists, You By Sia, believe everyone deserves glowing skin, and love to help clients on their journey to a more confident, beautiful Self.


You By Sia skin specialist consultation with Sia Hendry

Now that you know your options for skin treatment…

Everyone has different needs for their skin, at differing times in their life and experiences. Deciding on your course of treatment and commitment to caring for you skin will help you select between professional services in skin care and skin treatment.

Now that you know what to look for and why pairing with a clinic that covers most of the options you need, cares about your skin and is easily accessible, why not make a booking with You By Sia?

For further information contact You By Sia at one of our six skin specialist clinics based in Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Burwood, Castle Hill, Bondi Junction and St. Ives.

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