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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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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

Always friendly and professional. Dr. Austin has an artistic eye. I appreciate her "we can always do more later" approach, which is allowed me to try things out, take small steps, and feel confident with my decisions. I always leave the office feeling and looking 10 years younger!

J.H. Yelp

7/16/2020Dr. Austin is absolutely the best dermatologist in the US. I have seen countless Dermatologist from Stanford University to Dr. Obagi in Beverly Hills, none of them were able to help my melasma issue. Dr Austin looks out-of-the-box she’s smart, knowledgeable, self-confident and most importantly very experienced! She’s also a very kind beautiful lady who will listen to you and solve your problem. I am so happy I have found her after years of struggle. She has solved my melasma issue and I’m super happy! The treatment is easy and simple, just couple products for the face and a pill to take orally. She might be able to see you on zoom now that we have this pandemic problem. Do not despair whatever skin problem you have she will be able to solve it I am certain! It’s really refreshing to see doctors with this kind of confidence and experience!The office is impeccable and the staff is very kind and helpful as well.

L.S. Yelp

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