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!

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