Dermal clinician Derya Koch says treating a recent client for sun damage involved educating them about sun smart behaviour, how ultraviolet radiation affects skin and the treatments available to allay their Skin Pigmentation Treatment Melbourne concerns.
Koch also performed a subsequent Laser Skin Treatment she estimates she’s performed thousands of times.
‘‘I think that’s what’s interesting about my job,’’ Koch says. ‘‘Not one skin is the same. Whatever it is that you are treating, there are so many variables to consider.’’
Koch is the owner of skin-care clinic Victorian Dermal Group. As a dermal clinician, she is qualiﬁed to provide cosmetic treatment to clients who have healthy skin but also clients who have skin conditions/diseases – such as acne, psoriasis or veins from vascular disorders – or concerns about their skin.
Although she attracts her share of healthy clients who primarily want to look good, there’s a signiﬁcant health focus in her role.
Koch, the lead clinician in a team of dermal clinicians, works in afﬁliation with a dermatologist and phlebologist (veins specialist) and has a four-year bachelor of health science (dermal therapies) degree from Victoria University.
Her qualiﬁcation is the only one dermal clinicians can complete to attain full membership with the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians, the leading professional body for its health practitioners.
Koch says her work is about much more than beauty.
‘‘In terms of the degree, it’s an in-depth course that runs through every aspect of the skin.
‘‘There’s lots of anatomy, biology and physics, so you can understand how lasers and wavelengths are working to treat certain conditions.’’ Dermal clinicians operate in diverse environments such as private practice, hospitals and multidisciplinary clinics.
Koch began Victorian Dermal Group two years ago and says doing so was the fulﬁlment of a big dream. She adds one of her subsequent career highlights was recently having her business recognised as one of the top ﬁve cosmetic skin clinics in Victoria, through the aesthetic practice category of the MyFaceMyBody Awards.
Her next goals include appointing more clinicians and eventually expanding her business into multiple clinics.
Constant self-improvement is one of the job expectations aspiring dermal clinicians need to embrace, she says.
‘‘It’s the type of industry you need to continue your education constantly, because we’re so reliant on technology and technology is changing all the time.’’
Derya Koch did a four-year degree to become a dermal clinician.