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Would you like to have healthier-looking skin?
Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Lower Pacific Heights of San Francisco, California. Our board-certified dermatologists know healthy skin does more than look good. It functions beautifully, too, acting as a barrier against the outside world and telling a greater story about who you are and where you’ve been. Our dermatology services in San Francisco improve both skin health and beauty for meaningful, lasting results that everyone will notice.
A proactive approach to your skin can make all the difference in decreasing—or even reversing—the signs of aging. Take it from Dr. Kathleen Welsh, "When it comes to skincare, the age you start is the age you stay."Learn More
BOTOX is a leading wrinkle relaxer that reduces and improves the appearance of facial wrinkles.
Comparable to BOTOX, Dysport can effectively improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the brow area.
Used to treat moderate to severe frown lines and wrinkles, XEOMIN delivers excellent results.
The JUVÉDERM family of injectable fillers can be used to treat a multitude of aesthetic concerns.
Acne and Cyst Treatment
Learn how our practice can help you reduce and improve the appearance of acne and/or cysts on your face and body.
Growth Removals and Scars
Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology is efficient in the removal and treatment of growths and scars.
If you are suffering from rosacea and redness, schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.
If hyperpigmentation and melasma are affecting your self-confidence, learn about your potential treatment options.
Thread lifts at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology can help lift and firm your face without the need for surgery.
To even out skin tone or reverse the signs of sun damage, schedule an IPL photofacial at our facility.
Clear + Brilliant
For a super gentle skin resurfacing treatment, research the benefits of Clear + Brilliant.
Laser Hair Removal
Stop wasting time and money shaving, plucking, and waxing – consider laser hair removal at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology.
Choose from a selection of proven chemical peels and treat an array of common skin complaints.
For a deep and effective facial exfoliation, schedule a microdermabrasion with one of our skin care specialists.
Microneedling is a proven and effective way to improve the tone and texture of your skin.
LED Light Treatment
LED light treatments can gently help to treat many skin imperfections, including acne, redness, and wrinkles.
Tone muscle and sculpt your body without additional hours in the gym using EMSCULPT at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology.
Sculpt your body and skip the knife with CoolSculpting at our state-of-the-art facility.
Address cellulite and firm and tighten your skin with innovative technology by EMTONE at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology.
Allow our providers to create a customized treatment plan with combined therapies and services.
As the founder of Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, Dr. Kathleen M. Welsh is a true skincare leader. With board certifications in both internal medicine and dermatology, she understands how to make improvements that are more than skin-deep.Meet Dr. Welsh
Board-certified in dermatology, Dr. Andrea Hui Austin masterfully blends her strong sense of aesthetics with her advanced scientific knowledge to guide her patients to the services and therapies that provide the best possible results.Meet Dr. Hui Austin
Board-certified in dermatology, Dr. He specializes in a wide range of both cosmetic and medical treatments. He aims to maintain your unique natural expressions with a strong emphasis on less is more towards graceful aging.Meet Dr. He
"I am not exaggerating when I say that Dr. Andrea Hui Austin is a LIFE CHANGER. I’ve been seeing her for almost two years now for treatment of my rosacea and acne and skin is clearer than it’s ever been, clearer than I ever hoped it would be. I first started seeing Dr. Austin in 2019, a few months after I turned 31. I’d been diagnosed with rosacea in middle school and had otherwise had fairly clear skin until I reached college. In college, I started breaking out more and more frequently until my acne was basically chronic. Some people in my family had late-bloomer acne, so I told myself it would probably just clear up as I got older, and I tried to take the best care of my skin that I could in the meantime. I tried every OTC treatment under the sun, went on different diets, and saw a series of dermatologists who put me on a range of topical medications and oral antibiotics. Nothing made much of a difference and by my late 20s I’d was so close to giving up and resigning myself to having bad skin for the rest of my life, although it made me feel miserable.That’s when I realized that the one thing I hadn’t tried was seeing a dermatologist who specializes in treating rosacea. I did some googling and Dr. Austin’s name came up again and again, so I scheduled a consult. My expectations weren’t high, given how little luck I’d had before. But Dr. Austin completely blew me away in the consult. Not only was she able to explain why my rosacea was causing these breakouts, but I was blown away by her empathy; she started the appointment by asking me to tell her about my history of rosacea and acne and after I went through the litany of things I’d tried she said, "I’m so sorry you had to go through that." It made me tear up to feel like someone cared and understood how much having bad skin can take a toll on self-esteem.She started me on a routine of oral medication and new topical skincare products, and did an excellent job of answering all my questions and explaining how each product or medication worked and why it was necessary. I noticed a difference in my skin within weeks, and once the breakouts were more under control we began a series of laser treatments to help tame the rosacea. As my skin continued to heal and improve, the treatments became less frequent, and I’m now at the point where I only have them a few times a year. My skin has healed enough that she’s also able to address the scarring I have from acne and, honestly, that’s a milestone I never thought I’d reach until I started working with her. She’s continued to be a thoughtful and kind person, celebrating the milestones with me as my skin healed, remembering details about my personal life, and engaging me in conversation during the treatments; I feel like she really cares.As a bonus, the whole BACD staff is competent, professional, and friendly. They keep things running smoothly, call/email back quickly, and have a very flexible auto-ship program that sends my topical products to me four times a year. BACD has done a sterling job of adapting to the pandemic--they’ve put up signage, spaced out appointments, created physical distance in the waiting room, and changed their payment process so you pay in the treatment room. I’ve noticed some other places get lax with these types of measures as the pandemic has gone on, but BACD has been incredibly consistent, which I appreciate.If you have rosacea and acne, Dr. Austin is your gal. She’s truly and completely changed my skin in a way I never thought possible. I highly, highly recommend her!(The photos I’ve included from her office are from before the acne scarring treatment; the personal photos I included are after one acne scarring treatment. No digital filters, no makeup or concealer in any of these photos!)"
"What an incredibly professional and heart felt office. I have to say that my visit was like no other Dermatology office I have been to. I worked in the Dermatology field for over 13 years and have worked with many Dermatologist. Dr. Andrea Hui Austin is like no other. Her professionalism and exceptional knowledge is astonishing. She takes the time to get to know you which in my opinion really helps her as a provider get to know what will work best for her patients. my treatments with Dr. Andrea Hui Austin are spot on, she has brought my skin back to life. Lets not forget the staff and how they make a patient feel cared for from check in to check out.Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.Five stars all the way!"
"This place is the élite Dermatology spot in the Bay Area. Dr. Welsh and her team are simply incredible in their professions. The place is talented, clean, proficient and all with a personal touch you will not soon forget. For many years now I have simply gone in and sat down and let them do what they know best. Keep up the great work!"
"I visited Dr. Austin for a skin consultation after receiving a recommendation from one of my friends who sees Dr. Austin for Botox (Xeomin) injections and to review & remove any suspicious moles/freckles and review skin damage on my neck. Her office staff are very friendly & helpful. After washing my face (they provide makeup pad removers, facial wash & a hair band), photos were taken including one with a camera to determine sun damage. Dr. Austin has a very positive, glowing energy about her & was very easy to speak with about my skin concerns. After a full review of my skin & my skincare regimen, I got 20 units of Xeomin in my forehead & removal of a mole that was progressively getting larger on my upper lip. Thankfully the lab report indicated that it was benign. I visited again about 10 days later for additional freckle removal & treatment for sun damage on my neck, as well as a check in for my Botox injections to see how it settled in. The Botox looked great & my skin was smooth. I’ve healed up from my 2nd visit & my skin looks great.Her strongest recommendations is to always wear sunblock (I wear 2-3 layers on my face but I forgot to apply on weekdays to my neck when I was living in Hawaii which resulted in 15 years of sun damage while driving )."
"I highly recommend Dr. Steven He. I have had melasma and Nevi of Ota from on my cheeks and temples for the past 15 years. I’ve tried treatments from other dermatologists, including hydroxychloroquine cream, with no improvement. I’ve also met with other laser treatment centers, who presented cookie cutter treatments. However, I’ve seen friends and family get rebound hyperpigmentation on their face from aggressive dose of laser therapy. For Asian skin, sometimes the dose of laser and strength of chemical peels have to be adjusted due to skin sensitivity. As an Asian female physician, I was cautious about who to trust. I chose Dr. He because I heard he has lots of experience with Asian American patients. I started seeing him a few months ago, and I am extremely confident in his skills. He is thoughtful about his approach and tailors his treatment plan to the individual patient. I have had 5 treatments, starting with chemical peels to remove superficial melasma, and now transitioned to laser treatments for the darker spots. The spots have significantly lightened. I recently saw my family, who had been hounding me for years about my spots, and they could not even notice the spots! I am extremely satisfied with Dr. He’s care. He is a knowledgeable, conscientious, effective physician."
How I Take Care of My Skin, From a BACD Patient
An artist and skin care enthusiast explains his easy, effective daily routine.Read
Tranexamic Acid to Prevent and Treat Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
BACD Dermatologists, Dr. Kathleen M. Welsh and Dr. Andrea Hui Austin publish peer-reviewed article in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD)Read
BOTOX® or Fillers? Which Cosmetic Injectable Should You Get First?
Cosmetic injectables can address fine lines and hollow areas without surgery. Discover our facial rejuvenation treatment options with a consultation.Read