We are now open, but taking precautions during the pandemic.


Dr vanVliet has a strong interest in all things skin. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, she is trained and experienced in the surgical removal of both benign as well as cancerous skin lesions. Her expertise allows her to surgically remove lesions with minimal scars and very little down-time.

Benign skin lesions

The surgical removal of most benign skin lesions such as moles, cysts or aging spots can easily be done under local freezing, and often on a same day basis. No referral is needed for the elective removal of benign skin lesions given that they are not funded by MSP. MSP does not fund the surgical excision of benign skin lesions for aesthetic purposes and therefore fees will apply. During your initial consultation, Dr vanVliet will personally assess you and provide you with a treatment plan, including the associated costs.

Dr vanVliet is aware of how valuable your time is and works closely with her team to expedite your care. Often surgical removal of a benign skin lesion can be accommodated on the same day as your initial consultation with her –this however is determined on a case by case basis.
Contact us for more information on a private consultation with Dr vanVliet.

Cost of removing Cosmetic skin lesions

The cost for surgical removal of cosmetic lesions will vary depending on many factors, including lesion size, location, depth and the type of procedure used for its removal. The cost per lesion usually ranges from $300-$400. When more than one lesion is being removed there are often significant cost savings with bundling of services. Dr vanVliet will provide you with the exact fee during your initial consultation with her. There is no charge for follow up appointments

Cancerous Skin Lesions

Dr vanVliet works closely with our Salt Spring Family physicians and local Dermatologists to provide expert and expedient care of any worrisome skin lesions you may have. If you have a skin lesion of concern, a formal referral by your dermatologist or family physician will be required in order for you to be seen by Dr vanVliet under the MSP umbrella. Once we receive your referral we will set up your initial consultation.

Because of the complexity of most skin cancer reconstruction, planning is required and your surgical procedure will need to be scheduled for a subsequent appointment. Dr vanVliet performs much of her reconstructive skin cancer procedures at Lady Minto hospital. The procedures are performed under local anesthetic – which means less risk, and no need for fasting or lab work. Often you wont have to alter any of your medications, unless you are on blood thinners like Aspirin, or Coumadin. At Spring Skin we will work closely with you to coordinate expedient, safe and effective care.

Risks of Surgery

Risks of surgery: Problems after minor surgical procedures are uncommon. Potential complications are listed below, but again the risks are low and we will guide you through the peri-operative period to ensure that you heal uneventfully.

Acute Surgical Risks:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling / bruising
  • Delayed healing or wound opening/
  • Nerve injury
  • Allergic reaction to topicals, locals or dressings

Long-term Surgical Risks:

  • Recurrence
  • Poor scar
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COVID-19 Procedures

We are Open!

We are opening our doors and we are looking forward to having you back to Spring Skin! Know that we have been working diligently behind the scenes to create and implement safety protocols that will safeguard you, our team and our community.

We are continuing to work closely with local authorities so that we can continue to offer our personalized service while keeping you and our team safe.

This is not business as usual but we will be working hard to accommodate all our patients in a timely fashion. As we transition our practice back, the clinic hours will be more restricted and all clinic visits will be by appointment only. We will be reaching out to all our patients that we need to reschedule. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions please contact us:

Email us: info@springskin.ca
or contact us by phone: 250-931-3110

For scheduled visits, we have implemented additional safety measures, over and above the standard universal precautions that are the norm in our practice. It is important that our clinic is a safe place for you and for our team. Key to this will be honouring social distancing where we can and we will schedule patients accordingly. For procedures where we cannot distance we will be utilizing standard OR protocol and PPE’s to reduce the risk of acquiring COVID through closer encounters. If you have any questions regarding these safety measures please do not hesitate to contact us.

In preparation for any patients, scheduled for a clinic appointment, we ask that you confirm the following information by phone PRIOR to coming to our office: 

  • Do you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, specifically fever, cough or shortness of breath? 
  • Have you come into contact with anyone who has these symptoms or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or the flu? 
  • 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.

Along with our usual universal precautions practices, we’re adopting the following hygiene precautions: 

  • You may enter the clinic by appointment only. Our office manager will call / text when it is appropriate for you to enter the clinic 
  • We would ask that you: 
  • do not bring in more personal items than is required 
  • do not bring in food / drink containers 
  • limit visitors to just yourself or one care-giver if required 
  • come with a protective mask; we will provide one for you if you dont have one 
  • Be on time for your appointment: our scheduling of patients is to optimize social distancing and patient safety – it is unlikely we will be able to accommodate early or late arrivals. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the reception desk. We will ask each patient to sanitize their hands upon arrival at the clinic. 
  • We have medical grade hand sanitizer through the office so please feel free to clean your hands. 
  • We will usher you into private treatment rooms upon your arrival to optimize social distancing. 
  • Our staff is 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 
  • You can expect that we do not have unwell staff at work in the practice, which has been a longstanding policy. 

We will continue to monitor the Ministry of Health guidance closely and maintain regular communication with you as we navigate through these challenging times together. Stay Smart, Stay Safe and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you,

Dr Deborah vanVliet

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