Photo-Dynamic Therapy (PDT)

Sun damaged skin is characterized by wrinkles, skin laxity, dullness, aging spots and textural roughenings referred to as actinic keratoses (AK). These skin changes are not a marker of ‘natural aging’ but of ‘InflammAging’ – good news they are preventable and reversible.

A heavy burden of AKs is associated with a significantly increased risk for developing skin cancer in your lifetime. Each AK has a 10% lifetime risk of degenerating into squamous cell cancer, a relatively aggressive skin cancer.

Photo-dynamic therapy is one of the most important and powerful treatments for reversing the accumulated signs of sun damage. It also is able to reduce your future potential for developing non-melanoma skin cancers like basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer by 80%. That’s great news for those of us who love the outdoors but have paid the price with sun-damaged skin.

This highly corrective procedure can reverse up to 60% of AKs and pre-cancerous skin lesions with just one clinic treatment session. In more severe cases two treatments can be staged a few months apart to exact up to 80-90% reversal of sun damage. The silver lining of this corrective treatment is that it improves the look and feel of your skin as well. It leaves your skin healthier, with less burden of pre-cancerous disease but it also helps set the clock back on your skin’s appearance.

Treatments like liquid nitrogen, Effudex and Aldara are efficacious for treating focal lesions after they have developed – often with protracted periods of redness. The advantage of PDT is that it can treat larger areas such as an entire face or scalp in one treatment session – with a succinct and short down-time. It both reverses sun damage and significantly reduces your future risk for skin cancer.

Global treatment • One session • One down-time

This is one of Dr vanVliet’s favourite treatments for reversing sun-damage precisely because: 

  • One treatment session 
  • Ability to treat large treatment areas at once: face, scalp 
  • Its an organic process; we use light therapy to heal your skin 
  • One downtime of about a week 
  • Reduction of future development of non-melanoma skin cancers by 80% 
  • Restores skin health 
  • Silver lining: improved skin aesthetics: reduced pore size, smoother, clarity
  • Aging spots / freckles
  • Sun-damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Redness / Rosacea
  • Flushing
  • Broken capillaries / facial vessels
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Unwanted facial hair
  • Active acne

How its done

  • Preparation of skin surface
  • Application of photo-sensitizing agent : Metvix
  • Incubation: the Metvix incubates for a variable amount of time: 1-3 hours
  • Activation: we have 2 protocols for Light activation
  • BBL Light technology / Red LED light
  • Day Light activated: ideal during warmer weather with >12C

Ask your family physician for referral to have your initial consultation funded by MSP or refer yourself in and Dr vanVliet can assess the appropriateness of this treatment for you.

We can correct skin quality anywhere on the body but these are our most popular treatment
areas that can be chosen from, often in combination with one another:

  • Face
  • Neckline
  • Decolletege
  • Back of hands



We realize that your time is valuable to you. There are treatments we offer that pair beautifully with BBL treatments. Combining treatments can help you save on time and often there are some cost savings when bundling treatments together. We also see more dramatic results, and
faster, with combination treatments.

  • Spring Skin Glow: This is a signature treatment that combines the exfoliation, hydrating and enriching benefits of a HydraFacial MD treatment with your BBL treatment to buff your skin and give it that instant glow.
  • Dermaplaning: Exfoliation with a specialty blade scrapes away dead skin cells and vellous
    hair (peach fuzz) to brighten and smooth the skin surface.
  • Injectables: Toxins and Fillers
  • BBL and PDT: An excellent combination treatment for rough, heavily sun-damaged skin.
  • Combine BBL treatment regions: You can treat face, neck and décolletage and / or hands all in one treatment session.

BBL correct is an easily tolerated and safe procedure that in most cases incurs minimal to no down-time. The treated area may be red and flushed and for most patients this usually dissipates in a few hours.

Most people continue on with their normal day to day activities – this can easily be a lunch time treatment for you. We recommend wearing a protective broad-spec SPF >30 to protect your investment and your skin health. We also recommend being gentle with your skin and not picking or scratching at it.

In heavily sun-damaged skin or with patients with moderate to severe rosacea the down-time may be more prolonged with swelling and redness over a few days. We can usually predict this and will guide you as best as possible regarding what you can expect following your treatment.

Patients with prominent pigmentation may notice that their treated brown areas become temporarily darker for 10-14 days as the body rids itself of the targeted pigment. They gradually flake off and fade, leaving your skin clear and smooth. With subsequent treatments, as the skin improves, the down-time reverts to minimal to none.

After a series of BBL treatments most of our patients see improvements in nearly every aspect of their skin. We recommend an initial series of 3 to 5 monthly BBL treatments until you have achieved your desired skin improvements. Having 2 to 3 treatments annually as maintenance will be effective at slowing down the aging process of your skin and will leave your skin healthy, vibrant and clear.


From a Stanford peer reviewed study have confirmed that BBL treatment can restore your skin cell gene expression pattern to resemble that of younger skin cells. Hands down, BBL is easily one of the most effective, no down-time procedures in aesthetic medicine to prevent and reverse skin aging, restoring your skin to its naturally radiant and clear

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COVID-19 Procedures

We are Open!

Spring Skin COVID Protocol:


Welcome to Spring Skin. As COVID restrictions lift, know that we will continue to work diligently behind the scenes, implementing our safety protocols to safe guard you as well as our team and our community.

We continue to work closely with local as well as governing medical authorities so that we can continue to offer our personalized services in the safest way possible. We are following the guidance of the BC Ministry of Health closely.

Along with our usual universal precautions practices, we will continue to implement the following safety precautions:

  • All appointments will continue to be by appointment only so we can honour social distancing in our clinic. Please ensure you are on time in order to help with patient flow and social distancing.
  • For all medical appointments, including your visit at Spring Skin you will be required to wear a protective mask. If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  • Medical grade hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and we will ask that you sanitize your hands upon entry into the clinic.
  • We ask you to limit your visit with us to just yourself or one care-giver if required
  • We would ask you to limit the amount of personal items you bring in to the clinic and to refrain from bringing in food or drink containers
  • All of our staff are double vaccinated against COVID and they are trained and equipped with their PPE to ensure every one’s safety.
    • We wash our hands between each individual patient and each procedure.
    • All clinic surfaces, and equipment are disinfected before and after every patient visit

If you are scheduled for an appointment with us please call if you have:

  • Any cold or flu-like symptoms, specifically fever, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have had contact with anyone who has these symptoms or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or the flu?
  • Recently travelled internationally without being doubly vaccinated?

If yes to any of the above questions we ask you to defer your appointment with us at least 14 days.  We appreciate your cooperation and will be happy to assist you with any rescheduling required.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions please contact us by phone: 250-931-3110 or Email us:

Dr Deborah vanVliet

HA Boost your skin this summer!

With Micro-Infusion Gold Intensive Skin Nourishment and Hydration

Our favourite summer time offering at Spring Skin for HA skin boosting.

This bio-regenerative treatment combines the benefits of an advanced, micro-injection technique and customized HA based, therapeutic skin cocktails, tailored to your unique skin needs.

Our July special:

For the ultimate glow: Bundle of 3 facial Micro-Infusion Gold sessions for $1795 and receive a complimentary HydraFacial treatment – Savings of $500

Not sure, want to give it a try? Purchase one Micro-Infusion Gold for your face for $695 and add your neck and chest, on the house! (savings of $200)

Valid until July 31, 2023
Book now or call us at: 250-931-3110

Book An Appointment

At Spring Skin, we offer a wide array of Surgical and Aesthetic Procedures.

Aesthetic Consultations and those MedSpa services that fall within our Spring Skin Express Menu (PDF) can be booked directly online.

Procedures requiring prior consultation

Many of our Procedures require prior consultation with Dr vanVliet and subsequent coordination and scheduling of treatments by contacting the office.

Skin Renewal Procedures

  • Skin Boosters
  • Plasma Pen Eye treatments
  • Photo-dynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Plasma Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Micro-needling

Facial Contour Procedures

  • Silhouette InstaLift threads
  • Injectables: Toxins, HA Fillers, Sculptra