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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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Our Services

Sculptra®

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

Dysport®

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.

LED Light

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.

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

Expanding Inclusivity: Tranexamic Acid for the Treatment of Melasma in Males

Dr. Andrea Hui Austin04/01/2024

There is a misconception melasma doesn’t affect men. Dr. Austin’s recent paper published in JDD discusses how we effectively treat males with melasma.

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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.

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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.

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I am so thankful to the BACD team and doctors. My 2024 update is that after miraculous treatment from Dr. Austin, with the latest medicine and technology my skin conditions are essentially 100% cured. (They will need a lifetime of maintenance on my end.) My keloid scars are completely healed and that is really unheard of at other medical practices. I also had rosacea which has also 100% improved. Part of the treatment is learning how to care for and maintain your skin, health, and body.Special thanks to Nurse Ari, who is gentle and kind and makes patients feel cared for and their needs seen. When I have worked with Nurse Ari, my treatments have been relatively painless and my healing time was extremely quick. Ari remembers her patients and always gives them the best care.Special special thanks to the BACD office team who always greets me by name when I arrive and always helps with the questions and needs.

I.K. Yelp

Dr. Shannon Watkins is excellent! This was my first visit to BACD, and I could not have been happier with her care. She addressed all my concerns efficiently, yet I never felt rushed. I trust her intelligence, experience and recommendations. Pinching myself that I found her. The office staff is really wonderful as well. Great follow through and very kind. Highly recommend!

N. Google

I have been going to BACD for almost 10 years. I have always seen Nurse Mary Krempa. Many moons ago performed Mira Dry on me, which helped reduce my underarm sweating and gave me my confidence back. She has been doing neuromodulators on me for years now and always does such a beautiful and natural job. Mary is literally an earth angel and one of my fav people. I love coming in to see her regularly. She is gorgeous and so is the work she does!

T.T. Google

My first time to the clinic and I was very impressed with the attention I received and the detailed information given to me on my regime going forward

V.O. Google

Had a great experience with Dr. Austin! She clarified where my product regimen was lacking, prescribed a medication to mitigate this dry patch that always shows up in the same spot on my chin. She did 2 different fillers for different parts of my face. It’s looks great! I have an appointment in 3 months for some laser & a chemical peel. Can’t wait! Thank you so much Dr. Austin.

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