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Everyone can have better 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."

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Sculptra is a unique injectable treatment that is FDA approved to gradually replace collagen loss.


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.

Rosacea Treatment

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 Lift

Thread lifts at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology can help lift and firm your face without the need for surgery.

IPL Photofacial

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.

Chemical Peel

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.

LED Light

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.

Combination Therapies

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.



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.



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.



Board-certified in dermatology, Dr. Shannon Watkins specializes in treating hair loss and restoration, acne, and rosacea. Her goal is to provide subtle aesthetic techniques that offer maximum results while helping patients perfect their skin care regimen.


Our Blog

Unlocking Radiant Skin: A Guide to Morpheus and Topical Exosomes

Arianna Phillips01/18/2024

How we use the latest technologies including Morpheus (micropen + RF) and clinically-backed ingredients to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.


Interrupting the Melasma Cycle with Tranexamic Acid

Katy Leonard12/06/2023

Wondering if tranexamic acid is worth a try? As a registered nurse at BACD who has melasma I wanted to share my personal experience.


Why We're Obsessed with this New At-Home Treatment

Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology08/07/2023

Using the power of topical carbon dioxide we can truly improve our quality of life from the comfort of our own homes!

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My family and I see Cynthia for our skin cancer screenings, botox, and filler. She is so detail oriented, kind, artistic, and lovely. We really appreciate her work.

M.K. Google

Dr Walsh is a five star person and doctor. I just love her work and she's absolutely delightful.

J.K. Google

Dr. Austin is, without a doubt, the most talented doctor I’ve ever had the pleasure of consulting. Her knowledge extends far beyond traditional dermatology - in her words, it’s her job "to not just know about the skin, but everything going on underneath it." If you’re looking for someone who truly cares, look no further.I bounced through dermatologists and medspas for decades, until I found Dr. Austin seven years ago. I came to her with the goal of "feeling confident without makeup." She’s helped me achieve that, and so much more. I now live outside of the Bay Area, and drive a couple hours each way to see her. Totally worth it. I’d take a cross-country flight to see her (and you should, too).She’s constantly reading new research papers, and gathering more information for her ever-expanding arsenal. She’s done extensive research specifically to support my needs better - as she does for every single client. She’s more informed than any doctor I’ve ever been to, and I seek out her opinion on every medical issue I face. Her work IS the cutting edge of medicine.My dandruff is gone. My keratosis pilaris is gone. My eczema is gone. My dark circles are gone, and my hair is thick again. My dry skin is finally manageable, after decades of struggle. I can go foundation-free if I want. My botox and fillers are flawless and understated, and my face is beautifully symmetrical. I’m aging gracefully (and look much younger than my peers, thanks to her!). I genuinely trust her advice more than the advice of my friends and family, and wish I had found her sooner.She’s encouraged me to pursue the diagnosis and treatment of multiple autoimmune conditions that were affecting my whole-body health, including Hashimoto’s, POTS, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Where some doctors lack in understanding, she excels. She’s suggested more effective workouts, simple routine changes, and medical-grade products that have saved me thousands of dollars.At this point, I give her a budget and let her do whatever she wants. She carefully respects my financial constraints, and addresses my needs without judgement. Her office isn’t cheap, but I find that every single treatment is far more effective than any other office I’ve been to. The lasers available at her office are some of the most advanced in the country. She administers injectables artfully, and does more with less. Everything is heavily based in science - and it really, really works.I have no doubt that Dr. Austin will continue to receive well-deserved accolades and recognition. I know I’m seeing one of the best dermatologists in the world, and I am so grateful. I can’t sing her praises enough.I’m honored to be in her care, and consider myself blessed to have gained a wonderful friend in the process. It makes me a little emotional to write this review, because she’s truly changed my life so much.Thank you, Doctor Austin! I can’t wait to see you next!

K.E. Yelp

I completely trust Dr. Watkins to provide the best care and services possible.

K.F. Google

Dr. He is a very skilled cosmetic dermatologist! For several years I have been trying to decrease the natural signs of aging on my face-without success. Until I started to see Dr. He. He accurately pinpointed the simple steps he could take that would achieve the most gratifying results and then expertly followed thru! Thank you Dr. He!

L.K. Google


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