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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 and Dr. Shannon Watkins, "When it comes to skincare, the age you start is the age you stay."

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BOTOX®

BOTOX is a leading wrinkle relaxer that reduces and improves the appearance of facial wrinkles.

Dysport®

Comparable to BOTOX, Dysport can effectively improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the brow area.

XEOMIN®

Used to treat moderate to severe frown lines and wrinkles, XEOMIN delivers excellent results.

JUVÉDERM®

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.

Melasma

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.

Microdermabrasion

For a deep and effective facial exfoliation, schedule a microdermabrasion with one of our skin care specialists.

Microneedling

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.

EMSCULPT®

Tone muscle and sculpt your body without additional hours in the gym using EMSCULPT at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology.

CoolSculpting®

Sculpt your body and skip the knife with CoolSculpting at our state-of-the-art facility.

EMTONE®

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.

Male Services

Learn more about our male-specific services and how they can help you achieve more self-confidence and a higher quality of life.

Viveve

Women – improve your sexual well-being and health with vaginal tightening by Viveve.

EMSELLA®

EMSELLA effectively and gently treats female urinary incontinence without invasive or embarrassing treatment methods.

KATHLEEN M. WELSH, M.D.

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.

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ANDREA HUI AUSTIN, M.D.

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.

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STEVEN Y. HE, M.D.

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.

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SHANNON WATKINS, M.D.

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.

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Our Blog

A Global Approach to Hair Loss: How Oral Minoxidil Can Help Regrow Hair

Dr. Andrea Hui Austin08/26/2022

The fullest potential for hair regrowth is achieved when all aspects of hair loss are addressed. See how we include oral minoxidil in treatment plans.

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The MMSphere 2 Go Now at BACD: The Best LED At-Home Light Therapy

Dr. Kathleen Welsh05/26/2022

A Next-Level LED Light Therapy for at-home treatments. 5 Colors, 9 settings. Can be used to treat face, neck and chest at the same time.

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How Many Threads Are Needed To Lift Droopy Facial Skin?

Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology04/16/2022

Get a better idea of what to expect during your thread lift, including how many threads may be needed to achieve your desired look.

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This is my first time seeing a cosmetic dermatologist at 26 yrs old for acne scarring on my cheeks, jawline and some on my temples that I’ve had for well over 8 yrs. I’ve always been super self conscious about it and I think have stopped myself from doing things that I enjoy due to it. I was able to book an appt with Dr. He and he was very reassuring. I might’ve been too comfortable to the point I didn’t ask all the questions I now have as someone hesitant to move forward with any kind of treatment, due to the trauma of previous non cosmetic dermatologist. As a mixed (Asian & black) individual, I’ve always been skeptical about how my skin would be treated since I don’t solely have genes of one particular race (which I’m uncertain if it’s even a factor). With that in mind, I really like that he went over treatment options that would be most beneficial for my skin with minimal to no side effects.I plan to move forward with subcision to get the ball rolling for my scars. I was prescribed products that were pretty pricy. $700 in total with the consultation fee. I also asked about the pricing of each treatment that may be best for me. I don’t think I’m desperate enough to cash out on anything for the sake of my skin without extensive research and consultation but I feel, and from previous reviews I’ve read, Dr. He is highly knowledgeable, takes his patients into consideration and i don’t think this will be for naught. If I know I’m in good hands I will be sure to return. I’m very anxious but very excited to finally give my skin the healing it deserves. So far Dr. He gets 5 stars from me and I’m looking forward to being under his care in the near future. I’ll follow up with this review then :).

M.G. Yelp

This review is long overdue! Dr. Austin is incredible at treating rosacea!! Dr. Austin has been life changing for me and my skin. I found her online from searching frantically for someone for years in the Bay who had experience working with rosacea. Rosacea started for me in my early 30s, what felt like out of no where during grad school. After trying many other things, including strictly cutting out foods that were irritating I was still having intense rosacea breakouts. Dr. Austin took pictures, explained what was happening and we went over my skin routine. I learned how there are different types of rosacea, she explained what can irritate it (which can include natural oils!) and then she gave me a very specific skin care routine with products. I saw results almost immediately after using sticking to the topical routine. I recently saw her after 3 years of sticking to my regimen and my skin has greatly improved. I flare maybe a few times a year with stress but it will usually go away that day with combo ointment meant for rosacea. I have even seen lines on my forehead go away with one of the topicals, an added bonus! She is also very encouraging, has a warm bedside manner. If you have been dealing with skin issues and the confidence behind that look no further, Dr. Austin is worth it!

K.P. Yelp

Great work. I have my son’s wedding coming and as mother of the groom, I wanted my son to be proud of how I look. Cynthia, the Nurse Practitioner along with her assistant Bridget, have really done some nice work. After decades of being in the sun, my skin looks so much than it did. The redness is much paler and the tone is much more even. I had noticed that because of aging, my lips were so much thinner. Not anymore!  It’s all been great, and I can’t wait for the wedding!

A.H. Yelp

When I turned 40, I decided to find the best cosmetic dermatology office in San Francisco for guidance and treatment. I praise the skin gods that I met Dr. Austin. She quite literally changed my skin… for the better. She’s listened to me, heard my goals and gave me a skin plan that I followed to a T. Two years in, my skin is balanced, bright, and healthy - dare I say youthful :-) if you want the best, don’t look any further.

T.C. Google

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!)

L.S. Yelp

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