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.
Benign Lesions That We Remove
Cost of removing Cosmetic skin lesions
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
Acute Surgical Risks:
- Swelling / bruising
- Delayed healing or wound opening/
- Nerve injury
- Allergic reaction to topicals, locals or dressings
Long-term Surgical Risks:
- Poor scar
***** When I arrived for my first appointment, I was warmly greeted by one of her friendly and professional team members. The clinic is a tastefully appointed and welcoming space. Dr VanVliet’s credentials are impressive, her communication skills are excellent, and her presence is reassuring. I immediately felt at ease when she explained the procedure I had been referred to her for. Using state-of-the art equipment, she quickly and painlessly removed 5 skin lesions, all of which healed quickly. We are very fortunate that Dr van Vliet has opened Spring Skin here on Salt Spring Island!
Every time I visit Spring Skin, I am truly impressed with the competence and professionalism of this top notch clinic. During my last appointment, I had treatment to address some sun damage, a few injectables and the surgical removal of some bothersome skin keratoses. Dr vanVliet took the time to thoroughly assess my skin and offer various solutions. She and her staff also explained every step as we went through the treatments and procedures. Despite the fair distance for me to travel to Spring Skin, I have found it to be worthwhile in every way. I am beyond thrilled with the overall experience and impressive results.
Dr vanVliet and her team in Spring Spring are highly professional and very respectful of privacy and the personality of each client. The office is exceptionally clean and welcoming. Dr vanVliet has an artist’s eye and a surgeon’s hand. I have thorough confidence in her aesthetic advice and skills. I would recommend this office for anyone seeking basic skin maintenance to age defying therapies, from removal of simple skin lesions to more complicated, larger excisions. The end result is an advertisement in itself.
Dr vanVliet is top notch. She knows her work. She puts people at ease – you can see how much she cares and loves her job. She sees her patients as whole people and she never talks down to them. She’s very caring and compassionate. She’s so warm – you feel the love!
When I first met Dr vanVliet I knew I was good -and that I didn’t have to look any further. I felt very comfortable with her. She has great aura and energy about her. I found her to be very compassionate and re-assuring.
I would recommend Dr vanVliet and her clinic in a heartbeat! I would not hesitate. Dr vanVliet is a very compassionate doctor with a great bedside manner. She was always supportive and I felt listened to and cared for by her- and her wonderful team.