Meet Dr. Kathleen Welsh
Double board-certified in dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Kathleen Welsh is the founder of Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, a private dermatology practice and the largest cosmetic laser center in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Welsh is an award-winning Cosmetic Dermatologist, with expertise in injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, as well as innovative body-contouring and laser techniques. A former director of cosmetic dermatology and chief of dermatology for The Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Welsh offers decades of industry experience and knowledge of the latest and most advanced treatment methods. Ranked as one of the "Top 10 Dermatologists West" by Aesthetic Everything, Dr. Welsh helps patients repair and renew their skin for a beautiful appearance.
Skills and Specialties
Dr. Kathleen Welsh’s Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology practice is highly-equipped to perform skin rejuvenation and laser procedures that address and treat common and complex skin afflictions from acne treatments to laser tattoo removals and the latest wrinkle reduction techniques. Dr. Welsh is renowned for her mastery of injecting skin fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane, as well as wrinkle relaxers, like BOTOX and Dysport. Dr. Welsh is recognized as one of the first physicians to offer Juvéderm Voluma injections after participating in the clinical trials and is also one of a handful of Allergan’s Black Diamond status providers (the highest level in the country). Dr. Welsh is also a leader and top innovator in non-invasive body contouring, including CoolSculpting and laser hair removal. When she is not practicing, Dr. Welsh enjoys educating others on skin care by participating in lectures on general dermatology and cosmetic conditions.
Education and Training
Dr. Kathleen Welsh is a highly-educated physician, receiving training from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Dr. Welsh received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and then completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed her residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Welsh is board-certified in both internal medicine and dermatology.
Achievements and Affiliations
Prior to establishing her private practice, Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, in 2000, Dr. Kathleen Welsh served as the director of cosmetic dermatology and as the chief of dermatology for The Permanente Medical Group’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in San Francisco. During that time, she established and directed The Permanente Cosmetic Dermatology program, which is now used as a model for similar programs nationwide. Since then, she has been named as one of the "Top 10 Dermatologists West" by Aesthetic Everything, the first social network for aesthetic professionals. Dr. Welsh has also been recognized for her innovative use of Juvéderm Voluma, achieving Allergan’s Black Diamond status.
When Dr. Welsh is not administering treatments at her practice in San Francisco, she is often providing training and lecturing other professionals and students on the mastery of cosmetic dermatology, sharing her passion for skin and patient care.
Dr. Welsh lives in San Francisco with her husband, an emergency physician. She enjoys being in nature, skiing, and kite boarding. Dr. Welsh is active in the TIBA Foundation, a non-profit organization that supplies quality healthcare to people living in rural Kenya. She is also an ardent supporter of She Can, another non-profit organization that provides college education for women in Rwanda, Cambodia, and Liberia.
"THE BEST. 110%. Not only is Dr. Welsh, Dr. Austin and Mary (RN) the absolute best team ever, they deliver the highest level of service I have ever experienced in my life anywhere. FLAWLESS.I am SO GRATEFUL to this team for their expertise and kindness. If only every business took this much pride in their service delivery and product, we would be a much a better world."
"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!"
"Dr. Welsh is everything you could want in a doctor, She is extremely competent and skilled in the science of skin care, with an artists eye and concern for the face. She is clearly invested in her work, thoughtful, and able to see the individual.Having moved away for quite a few years and recently returned to San Francisco, I was impressed to find that her expanded practice had not lost any of the integrity and carefulness I"d come to associate with her. I did my laser treatment with Dr. He and found him to be equally competent, thoughtful, invested in his work and patient care.In this time of Covid with every contact needing to be weighed, I found the cosmetic lift and the human lift to be well worth it - highly, highly recommend."
"I must say, my new skincare routine has changed my skin entirely. For more than two decades, I tried every doctor in both LA and San Francisco and cream/treatment and was told it was something I had to live with. Dr. Welsh's recommendations have 98% cleared up the eczema and flakiness. I think it’s the Face Retin-A cream, but not even sure. I am sticking to the exact routine/program every morning and night that Dr Welsh assigned. It has changed my life."
"I started seeing Dr. Welsh in my early 30’s for adult acne. She taught me proper skincare and set me up with the best products. I am checking in yearly to keep products on point with current skin changes. As I age, I need to choose to come in Every 4-6 months for botox & filler. Plus an occasional photo facial and laser hair removal treatments. It is now 20 years later I honestly could pass for ten years younger than I am. Dr. Welch is magical, in my opinion. If you ask her a question, you are going to get an honest, educated answer. I would not trust anyone else."
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