Microneedling & Morpheus8 in San Francisco, CA

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About Microneedling & morpheus8

Microneedling is a rejuvenation technique that safely promotes collagen growth for healthier, more youthful-looking skin. As results are progressive and build upon themselves, these services are almost always recommended as a series. Specific depth and number of recommended treatments are outlined during a cosmetic consult which can be easily scheduled online here

Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology offers both two transformative microneedling treatments: Micropen and Morpheus8. Eclipse MicroPen is our preferred microneedling device. Its sterile, single-use tip contains 12 extraordinarily small “micro-needles" which creates micro-injuries. As the pen sweeps across your skin, it stimulates your body’s natural healing response, in turn increasing production of both collagen and elastin.

We are thrilled to now offer Morpheus8 to our patients as it combines the benefit of micropen with time-tested and minimally invasive radio frequency (RF) resulting in additional collagen and tightening. 

Depending on your specific skin and ultimate goals, our providers help identify if a Micropen or Morpheus8 treatment is most beneficial. We regularly use both to treat large or visible pores, actinic keratoses, (potentially pre-cancerous rough patches on skin), loose or lax skin, sun damage, stretch marks, uneven or blotchy skin tone; acne, injury and/or surgical scars, fine lines and deeper wrinkles.

The results are improved skin tone, texture, and a better overall complexion. Both treatments are safe for most skin types, including sensitive and deeper toned skin. 

Best Candidates

We most often use Microneedling and Morepheus8 to address skin blemishes, signs of aging and acne scars without the need for extended social downtown.

Both treatments can be performed on the face, neck, arms and décolleté. Microneedling and Morpheus8 treatments also beautifully prepare the skin for improved absorption of creams, gels, and serums. During a consult, your provider will outline the best products to use before and after treatment to maximize and protect results. These may include growth factors, vitamin C, or pigment fighting topicals such as Tranexamic Acid.

What to Expect

Prior to Micropen or Morpheus8, the treated area is cleansed. Your comfort is our top priority and although most patients find Micropen and Morpheus8 tolerable we use a topical numbing cream to help decrease any discomfort.

Your provider will then run the chosen device across the treatment area. Both treatments creates tiny holes in the skin, known as “microchannels,” which will close almost immediately, triggering a healing response.

This results in renewed skin, including a thickened dermis, which will soften the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars. Length of service depends on depth of treatment as well as area being treated.  You can expect the treated skin to appear bright red, similar to a sunburn, immediately after microneedling. The redness can last anywhere from a day to up to a week. Proper topical skincare following treatment is vital to protect and enhance results. Pre and post care details can be found here. 

Other Considerations

Directly following a Micropen or Morpheus8 treatment, your skin may be red and or slightly swollen. Depending on depth of service and area treated this redness can last up to one week, however with the proper post care and high quality mineral makeup, this redness can be reduced. Over the course of a few weeks after treatment,  you will see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone, and texture. In addition, you may begin to notice a reduction of fine lines and scarring.

A patient’s appearance can continue to improve up to six months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, more often a series of treatments is recommended to achieve optimal results. Your BACD provider will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and monitor your results at regular intervals. 


As an esthetician I deeply appreciate the impecccable 5 star job this office does. Dr Austin has a reputation for being extremely careful and honest with her patients and each botox procedure I have had with her has been flawless. I also have to shout out nurse mary who is a rare gem in this industry. She makes any procedure comfortable-- even microneedling. She is so deeply personable and makes every patient feel special. The supporting staff is always so patient and caring as well... and Monica the esthetician who supports dr Austin is another absolute gem and has a fabulous bed side manner-- this office is unique in its precision with treatments and lovely people to make sure you’re always at ease.

T.Z. Yelp

I've been plagued with festoons under my eyes for over a decade. I've tried fillers and even considered plastic surgery until Dr. Welsh suggested Morpheus. After three treatments, the skin on my face was tighter and my festoons practically disappeared. I was so pleased with the results that I agreed to Morpheus treatment on my neck. Morpheus again tightened the skin minimizing the pesky jowls. I've been seeing Dr. Welsh for a long time and have always been amazed not only at her knowledge of cutting edge technology but her kindness, generosity and genuine interest in her patients. Arianna Phillips and Mary Krempa who performed the Morpheus treatments went above and beyond to make sure the procedure was as comfortable and pleasant as possible. They answered all my questions and followed up after the individual sessions. I couldn't have asked for more. Well worth the investment. BACD gets 10 Stars!!

I.K. Google

I suffer from acne scarring quite significantly on my cheeks. When I went for my consultation, Dr Hui suggested subcision with micropen treatments & said I'd need 4-6. I was incredibly nervous for the first subcision treatment & Dr. Hui made me feel so comfortable and walked me through the process very slowly. Mary who does my micropen also did this, talking to me the entire time and making sure I was okay. I'm now on my 3rd treatment & can honestly say I am seeing an INCREDIBLE difference in the acne scarring. Dr. Hui also prescribed me tretinoin to use topically in between my treatments. I would say by this point I've tried everything on my skin and this is the one thing that has really, really helped me and I would truly recommend it to anyone with the same issues. My acne is gone and my scarring is subsiding significantly. The nurses are so kind and seem to genuinely care for you. The bruising and swelling after the procedure is pretty bad, you'll have marks for around 5-7 days, but after that you'll LOVE the glow your skin has. I'm also using Vitamin C serum as well as tretinoin & WOW, just so happy with my skin. Thank you so much Dr. Hui.

N.D. Yelp

I flew from Boston to see Dr. Austin and it was absolutely worth it! Hands down, I get the best outcome and value every time I visit BACD and I’ll be back!

E.S. Yelp

…new to the clinic and all of the procedures and products…I felt very vulnerable coming, after being told by another doctor that my skin was too far gone in the aging process to do anything other than a facelift…I went to see Dr. Austin for a second opinion and she was certain she could help…my skin, appearance and confidence were boosted by my first treatment, and now I’m committed to on-going maintenance with her expertise guiding me…I need a fair amount of reassurance because the whole anti-aging process can be a slippery slope …Dr. Austin’s patient care is as important to me as treatment…

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Advanced Skin Rejuvenation

Microneedling is an effective, safe procedure that continues to be a popular skin rejuvenation treatment. If you are seeking an advanced, nonsurgical way to brighten your skin and create a glowing appearance, we invite you to book a cosmetic consultation today. We will create a custom treatment plan that meets your desired goals and aesthetic needs.

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