My Philosophy

Dr. Deborah vanVliet

I feel very privileged to be a plastic surgeon. I love that my surgical practice combines science, technical skill sets and aesthetic sensibilities – it’s a perfect marriage for me. I am always committed to bringing the safest and highest standard of care to my patients.

Becoming a reconstructive plastic surgeon was an easy choice for me. I’m so fortunate to be a member of a group of dedicated professionals who are busy saving lives, re-attaching limbs, reconstructing breasts, cleft lips, hands and many other parts of the human anatomy. I also enjoy the cosmetic portion of my practice. I have a gentle aesthetic sensibility, one that honours women, recognizing them for who they really are, regardless of shape or form or where they are in their life cycle. I simply love helping my patients look and feel their best.

The cosmetic and beauty industry can leave women feeling marginalized, inadequate or heaven forbid … invisible if you are over 50! We live in a very youth-oriented culture, one that equates youth with beauty and aging with disease. I am very uncomfortable with the objectification and hyper-sexualization of the female form that is pushed at us in the media. As both an aesthetic surgeon and a woman, I feel a real loyalty and protectiveness towards the women in my practice. I want each and every one of them feeling proud and feeling beautiful! My promise to women is to listen and to honour their wishes while giving them expert counsel and safe, effective care.

Subtlety and refinement is critical for me. I’m a woman too! I would be horrified to have puffed lips and a face that doesn’t move. I don’t do makeovers – the term bothers me. It implies that there’s something wrong with you when there isn’t. My philosophy with aesthetics is this: a great job means that patients never look “done”. They never look like they’ve had any intervention. Patients simply look natural, refreshed and looking like their best self. That means if you’ve had a breast augmentation procedure done by me, you can be naked in the locker room and never have anyone guessing or knowing that you’ve had surgery. Or if you’ve had facial rejuvenation procedures such as injectables or laser treatments, we turn back the clock … but have you looking age appropriate and like your best version of yourself. When you look your best, you feel your best … at any age!


For my entire life I wanted to have larger breasts... to simply fill out my dresses and shirts... . And after I had children my breasts became even smaller. After all the years I finally decided I would at least speak to someone and booked a consultation with Dr Van Vliet. She made me feel totally at ease and completely understood my desire to look natural...not huge. She didn’t make me feel I was being vain or ridiculous for thinking about getting my breasts done. When I booked the procedure she and her amazing staff walked me through everything to expect and I felt extremely supported, cared for and respected. I knew exactly what to expect. They were true to their word and the entire procedure including pre and post was seamless. I feel great and finally like my body!


Being a woman in my late 40’s I wanted to look more refreshed and less tired without looking like I was “done”. I went to the VanVliet clinic for a consultation to discuss the best approach. First of all, the consultation was with Dr. VanVliet herself! She made me feel completely comfortable and provided her own professional guidance. I felt I was in great hands and felt she recommended what I could do based on my needs... not like she was selling me what I didn’t really need. The procedure was easy and took years off my face and I feel great!


I went to Dr Van Vliet for a breast augmentation. I FINALLY fill out a bathing suit top. Thank you for great service and understanding my personal needs.


I am so grateful my family doctor highly recommended Dr. vanVliet to me for my breast reduction.  She did an amazing job and I can’t believe how my neck, back and shoulder pain has decreased to a very minimal degree.  The staff at the Van Vliet clinic are also amazing - they make you feel so comfortable and relaxed.  I could call at anytime and my questions were answered. The clinic has beautiful decor and is very inviting.  I highly recommend Dr. vanVliet - she is awesome!  I love my new breasts:) Thank you Dr. vanVliet and your great staff!


I was a little nervous at first, as anyone would be…yet everyone at the clinic was so sweet and supportive, they took away all those little fears that I had. They were always open to questions and answered all my calls. If anyone as young as I am (I am 18) is really looking to get this done, I’d recommend Dr vanVliet in a heart beat. Also Franca is a wonderful woman who helped me feel comfortable the whole time and that helped a lot!


I was feeling discouraged with the look of my skin as I have aged. I have always had acne - I thought by the time I reached my 40’s that it would stop - but no such luck! The BBL forever clear sessions treated my acne and for the first time I can go out in public without wearing cover-up! The staff really took the time to explain everything and were very professional.


I was extremely anxious about having this laser procedure done. I can honestly say that from the consultation to procedure day, the support from all the staff through their shared experience/knowledge put me at ease. My fear of the Halo procedure was totally unfounded - I had minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. The post procedure description was right on the mark for accuracy! I highly recommend this procedure..each day my skin looks better: beautiful clarity, smaller pores, less pigmentation and a rosy, dewy glow…


I had my love-handles treated with CoolSculpt.  I was amazed at how effortless and painless the procedure was.  I experienced no discomfort whatsoever and managed to catch up on some beauty sleep while it all happened. I was able to see results within weeks and I am so very happy with my final results that I am planning on having the procedure again on another ‘problem’ area!


Dr. vanVliet is amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better doctor before, during or after my tummy tuck surgery.  Her whole staff was excellent as well.  Even my husband loved it at the Van Vliet clinic - they let him be present and involved in my care.  I would have my tummy tuck again in a heartbeat!  Out of 10 I would give the Van Vliet Clinic a 15!


I would recommend Dr vanVliet to anyone!  Her style is comforting but direct. She is very thorough and honest and she prepared me well for my surgery and recovery.  I was never worried and I had an amazing experience overall - thanks to her.


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.  I would say that both my breast reduction and tummy tuck procedures were wonderful experiences.