Facial Contouring

Dr vanVliet works with a wide array of treatment modalities to restore facial contour and proportion in a harmonized, natural looking way. Her expert work is subtle and gentle and you will never look like 'work has been done’.

As we age, significant changes occur to our facial profile. The causes underlying the facial deflation and descent we see are very much multifactorial. As a Plastic Surgeon, Dr. vanVliet is well versed with the anatomical variables that contribute towards our changing facial contour over time. She works with a wide array of treatment modalities that help prevent, as well as restore us back to more youthful and harmonized facial proportions.

Skin Renewal

Addressing facial aging often starts with restoring skin back to its most healthy and robust self. Much of the laxity and spots that we assume are part of the ‘natural’ aging process are in fact preventable and reversible – this is good news! An easy way to look your best at all stages of the life cycle is to restore your skin to its most Healthy and Beautiful state. Smooth, clear skin can be yours at any age. Please refer to our Skin Renewal and Bio-Regenerative treatment menus to get started!


We begin to see changes related to deflation of soft tissues as soon as our early 30’s. Deflationary changes are a result of loss of volume and support of our underlying bony and soft tissues. Decade by decade there is a very orderly and anatomical progression of skeletal and fat pad resorption – and with that a predictable pattern of deflation.

Commonly, Deflation manifests as:

  • tear troughs
  • hollowing of lower eyelids and temples
  • loss of cheek projection
  • loss of lip fullness

A key role of dermal Fillers is to restore volume in order to ameliorate the progressive volume loss and deflation of soft tissues.  Dr vanVliet works with an extensive palate of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) based fillers with many differing properties to help correct deflation at their distinct anatomical sites.  For rejuvenation measures, this is less about augmentation of soft tissues than simple restoration of volume to achieve natural looking, harmonized facial proportions. Tiny incremental volume changes, when placed in correct anatomical planes can create subtle, but very impactful results  that will have you looking refreshed – but never like ‘any work’ has been done.

Neurotoxins are also used to selectively relax overused muscle groups that contribute towards wrinkles, fine lines and facial descent. Well placed toxins not only relax lines of animation but can also serve to lift a brow, or sculpt a jawline.


If volume loss, leading to deflation continues unabated, eventual descent of soft tissues will occur.  This descent occurs in a very predictable fashion and in women it results in a more masculanized, bottom heavy facial contour.

Common manifestations of soft tissue descent are:

  • Brow descent and hooding of our upper eyelids
  • Mid-cheek grooves
  • Hollow lower eyelids
  • Naso-labial folds
  • Downturn of mouth and loss of visibility of our lips
  • Marionette lines
  • Jowles
  • Disruption of our crisp jawline contour
  • Double chins, Lax necklines

Addressing facial descent requires a multi-tiered approach that often starts with  restoring lost volume with dermal Fillers. Facelift surgery has traditionally been recommended when lifting or redistribution of lax facial tissues has been required.  Our  Silhouette Instalift threads are a new revolutionary technique that fills the void that has existed and it allows us to safely lift descended facial tissue without the risks, cost or down-time of surgery.

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COVID-19 Procedures

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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: info@springskin.ca

Dr Deborah vanVliet

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Valid until July 31, 2023
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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