Destin Plastic Surgery The Grant Building
4485 Furling Lane
Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 654-1194
Monday–Thursday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

Anti Aging Skincare Clinic The Grant Building
4485 Furling Lane
Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 654-8015
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Facelift

When we meet with facelift patients from throughout Destin, Pensacola, and Panama City, FL, they very commonly tell us, “Although I look older, I feel much younger.” As our society has become more fitness oriented, many men and women remain active longer than they did in the past. Although someone may be 65 or 70 years old, they frequently can be found on the tennis courts and giving a younger person a very challenging tennis match. We hear these patients say, “I want to look as young as I feel.”

Dr. William R. Burden is known internationally and throughout the Southeast as a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery. He is the surgeon that other plastic surgeons go to. Doctors seek out his care and refer their spouses, family, and patients to him. He developed the “No Scar on the Face Browlift” at Destin Plastic Surgery and is known for his natural appearing results. Dr. Burden will listen to your concerns and help you achieve your goal for the improved appearance you desire.

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Real Patient Review

One of Dr. Burden's actual patients shared her experience on the RealSelf website.

"If you are considering a facial cosmetic procedure, the surgeon you choose will be one of the 5 most important decisions of your entire life. I’m not being overdramatic … Twenty-four hours after my neck/face/brow lift, the immense gravity of my decision settled in. I thank God every day I chose Dr. William Burden for my procedures. The words "great" and "excellent" aren’t adequate to describe my results. My words and outcomes are "exceptional," "extraordinary" and simply "sublime."

Anyone who would pay the money and go through the recovery of a facelift and not choose the advanced techniques and superior skill of Dr Burden is simply not making an optimal decision. It’s that simple. I have zero doubt he is the surgeon other surgeons send their family members to …

… (If) you want the best possible outcome and to never wonder if someone could have done a better job, then choose Dr. Burden.

I also want to compliment all the staff of Destin Plastic Surgery for their extraordinary help. Special thank you to Joan, who tirelessly answered my questions and provided unwavering counsel in the post-op period. Thank you all!"

Thrifty728, RealSelf 5-Star Review

April 2021 (7 months after surgery)

How Is a Facelift Done?

Over the last 10 or more years, plastic surgeons have been adopting a “redraping” technique. That is, the skin is elevated, then the underlying structures, such as the facial fat, are elevated and the muscles of the neck are tightened. The excess fat is removed from the appropriate areas and replaced in the areas of deficit. The skin is then redraped over the new underlying frame and any excess skin removed. This results in a less pulled or stretched appearance. Also, as the skin relaxes the underlying structures have a new shape and the results of the facelift are retained for a longer period of time.

For over 50 years, the practice of facial plastic surgery involved a “nip and tuck” philosophy. That is, the excess skin which has lost its elasticity had to be excised (nipped) and then the incision closed (tucked). Even though the results were good, quite often the early result gave the person a pulled or stretched appearance

Since the underlying structures were not surgically altered, the tightly pulled skin was the supporting structure for the results of the nip and tuck facelift. Skin assumes the shape of the underlying structures. As the skin relaxed following the facelift, the underlying aged face began to “show through.” When choosing a plastic surgeon, it’s important to find out whether he or she uses an updated technique that addresses the underlying tissues.

A Reputation Built on Results

You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at Destin Plastic Surgery, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

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5.0/5
Jul 23, 2021
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I had cosmetic surgery done by Dr. Burden and his Team. The results are amazing! People tell me I look much younger and I feel great now in my nice dresses. Joan Pleat, Surgical Nurse, was very compassionate, optimistic, and professional throughout the entire process. Joan takes a personal interest in her patients. She explained the surgery and results to expect in detail. She is integral to the seamless support I received from the pre-operative consultation throughout my recovery --- Joan was right there and always available to answer any of my questions or concerns. She is the best. Highly recommend!!
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5.0/5
Jul 8, 2021
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i got a breast reduction and bbl by Dr. Burden and i am very happy with my results! i no longer have bad back pains and can finally find tops to fit me properly! i am so much happier now being comfortable in my own body!!!!! GO TO DR. BURDEN <3
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5.0/5
Jun 30, 2021
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I have had two procedures at Destin Plastic Surgery and I am very happy with both procedures. Dr. Burden is very talented and the entire staff is just wonderful. A friend of mine went there as well and loved her results too.
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5.0/5
Jun 9, 2021
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I have so many great things to say about not only this place but the people. From my breast augmentation, laser hair removal, BBL and even facials I have loved my results with every service! Now let’s talk breast augmentation! With it being the first surgery I have ever had, I’d do it all over again! The people were comforting + genuine which is exactly what I needed. The results are EXACTLY what I pictured for myself and Dr. Burden was amazing throughout the entire process!
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5.0/5
May 31, 2021
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My first time at destin pladtic surgery Had botox and Bill did an awesome job!!! Love the way it looks!!! I will definitely be back!!
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5.0/5
Apr 3, 2021
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Dr. Burden and his staff were all a pleasure to work with. The facility is top notch and so is his work, I am so happy with the outcome of my surgery! Thank you Dr. burden, I'm looking forward to swimsuit season!
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5.0/5
Apr 2, 2021
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Absolutely love Destin Plastic Surgery! Traveled from Tennessee to have my cosmetic procedure done here and they made it all so easy! From the consultation all the way to the post op appointments, Joan took such good care of me. Dr. Burden was able to achieve exactly what I wanted and I am so happy with the outcome. Natalie was more than willing to help with booking my appointments around my travel dates and Michelle was great to work with when it came to the billing side of things. Highly recommend this facility for any cosmetic procedures! They truly love what they do and will take great care of you from start to finish! Thank you guys so much! This is wasn’t my first time using them and it definitely won’t be my last!
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5.0/5
Jan 3, 2021
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Dr. Burden is very skilled with Botox. I’ve had Botox numerous times now and am exceptionally pleased with the results he achieved for me. He’s also very personable and I will definitely be back! All staff were great as well. Thank you!
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5.0/5
Dec 23, 2020
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I went to Dr. Burden 7 years ago for my breast augmentation and absolutely loved the outcome! As time went by I decided to get a explant done because I was over them and wanted a more slim/sleek look, he did a phenomenal job! I had my explant done over a week ago. I’m so impressed with the way how I look! I thought I was going to end up like I did before (small A cup) and I’m pleased to say I’m a full B if not small C. I’m truly so thankful and happy with Burdens work. Thank you Dr. Burden, Natalie and Joan! ALSO, Botox Bill did my lip injections a few times a couple years back and I still have filler in them. He’s the only one I’ll ever trust to do it. This is a 10 star facility they will not disappoint you!
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5.0/5
Dec 7, 2020
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I visited the Anti Aging Skincare Clinic and received a HydraFacial with Dermaplaning from Trish, and hands down, Trish is simply the best! Her knowledge about skincare is unparalleled. My skin concerns were dullness, congested pores, hormonal acne and hyperpigmentation. After my treatment, my skin was instantly glowing! It felt clean, hydrated, and looked so smooth. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Trish and the level of care and service she provides to her clients. I’ve already booked my next appointment with her, and I’m excited to have found such an exceptional esthetician in the area!
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5.0/5
Dec 1, 2020
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I had my explant done yesterday and I’m so pleased already after 24 hours! Dr. Burden listened to exactly what I wanted and made it happen! His nurse Joan is also on top of it ALWAYS! They got me in quicker then normal and I thank them so much for that. Dr. Burden has a great team there, I was so anxious when I went in for surgery and the anesthesiologist put me at ease, pulled my records to go over them with me! This is a 10 star facility, I’ll never go anywhere else. I’m so lucky to be a local in Destin so my drive is short and I can visit when needed. Thank you so much Destin Plastic Surgery!
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5.0/5
Nov 1, 2020
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Destin plastic surgery is nationally acclaimed for a good reason!! They are a top notch, top tier office. I have just had my second procedure done in two years. Two years ago I had the tummy tuck & augmentation after losing 50+ lbs. The results were far beyond my expectations as well as Dr. Burden fixed cesarean scars.I have since gone on to do professional bodybuilding shows as my results were spectacular. I am two weeks post facial work, and I am over the moon about the results. Dr. Burden and Joan are a phenomenal team. From the first day when the procedures are discussed, to the meeting just prior to the surgery to review that information again about what to do ahead of time, what to expect from the surgery, and post-care. The day of surgery the procedure was reviewed again by Dr. Burden, and the nursing staff reviewed with my caretaker exactly what to expect. Post care with Dr. Burden and Joan were professional and on the money. I am grateful for both Dr. Burden and Joan’s gentle care and coaching. I follow their directions exactly, and my results were simply magnificent. I would only trust my myself and family to this amazing team.
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5.0/5
Oct 28, 2020
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whole experience was wonderful. receptionist, nurses, drs....
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5.0/5
Oct 7, 2020
Google Destin Plastic Surgery
Doctor Burden did my bbl in July and he did a phenomenal job he gave me the shape I’ve always wanted. My scars are non existent and my recovery was smooth. His staff was a absolute delight before the surgery and even after they were very informative and caring. Thank you Dr burden & Team you guys are the absolute best.
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5.0/5
Oct 5, 2020
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Best place to get your surgeries done. I got my augmentation done 2 years ago and to this very day I'm so satisfied with the results. Dr. Burden and the rest of the crew did a really great job. I highly recommend this place. Looking forward to come back in the near future 😊
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5.0/5
Aug 30, 2020
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My experience with Destin Plastic Surgery was a very pleasant one, start to finish, because of the manner in which the process was run. Dr Burden, Joan (the Mighty) Mary, Natalie, Julie, Michelle, the anesthesiologists, greeters, receptionists, all showed grace and a loving presence in every visit and I appreciate the peace of mind that they and the entire staff provided me! I am truly a happy client!
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5.0/5
Aug 15, 2020
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I am honestly blown away at how amazing these people are. Dr. Burden was awesome and my procedure was smooth But I really feel the need to brag on his right hand nurse Joan she was beside me before I went under making me laugh and feel comfortable as well as when I woke up helping me and my husband understand what to do when we get home. She called the morning after to see how I was doing and ever since I've called multiple times with questions on questions on questions and shes been so patient and helpful and just kind. Top notch service at destin plastic forsure!
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5.0/5
Aug 14, 2020
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I had a fantastic experience from start to finish at Destin Plastic Surgery. The staff is very friendly and professional and Dr. Burden did an absolutely perfect job with my surgery. From the initial consultation to my surgery being delayed due to Covid through my surgery and recovery the staff was phenomenal. I am very happy with my results and highly recommend Dr. Burden and Destin Plastic Surgery to anyone looking to find a surgeon. I had some specific concerns for my recovery timeline and any time I asked a question, if they could not answer my call immediately, I was called back very quickly, they addressed all of my concerns and were very helpful working with me and my primary care physician. I will also note, when my surgery was delayed due to elective surgeries being temporarily suspended, the staff was extremely helpful with rescheduling and keeping up great communication with me. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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5.0/5
Aug 5, 2020
Google Destin Plastic Surgery
Dr. Burden performed a tummy tuck two years ago. The results have been simply extraordinary. Not a day goes by I don't marvel at the results. In addition to the tummy tuck, I had an injury to my hip bone and a large scar that he had to work around. He made the injury look very symmetrical and as natural as possible. My abs are rock hard with nice muscle definition. What was truly remarkable, however, was the results of the back liposuction. He told me I would not be happy with the tummy tuck alone. While I read on the internet that back liposuction is rarely very helpful, I trusted Dr. Burden. The results were astonishing. I mean that quite literally. All my feminine curves were restored with the back procedure - waist and buttocks. The staff were also exceptional to deal with. The recovery is not for the faint of heart but I don't have a moment of regret. None.
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5.0/5
Jun 28, 2020
Google Destin Plastic Surgery
The staff are so caring and compassionate. Dr Burden is a highly skilled surgeon who encourages you and works hard to make sure you are satisfied with the results.
Meet Dr. Burden

Dr. William Burden

Founder, Destin Plastic Surgery

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Burden knows that building a distinguished career doesn't happen overnight. He's been serving the community for more than 2 decades, providing personalized aesthetic care and leading the field with pioneering techniques.

State-of-the-Art, Multi-Specialty Surgical Center

What Is the SMAS Facelift?

Loose skin of the face, which causes jowling, and loose skin of the neck can be corrected by a facelift. In addition to removing the excess skin, newer techniques are used to tighten the muscles of the neck and the deep tissues of the face. The SMAS facelift, otherwise known as the S-lift or deep plane facelift, places less tension on the skin, thus avoiding the “swept back” appearance of a “skin only” facelift. This approach can also be tailored for men, who often want to retain a more masculine appearance while still reducing loose neck skin and jowls.

To obtain a comprehensive result, the forehead, the lower eyelids, and the face should all be corrected as unit. There are exceptions to this, as some people may only need one part of this triad corrected.

Before & After Facelift Surgery


Note in the diagram how dramatic the result can be when the entire face is addressed as opposed to one segment only. (Diagram courtesy and permission of Sam Hamra, MD.)


Breast Augmentation With No Scare On The Breast book cover

Award-Winning Author

Tracing facial plastic surgery's history from nip-and-tuck techniques to advanced approaches using fiber optics and tiny incisions, Dr. Burden provides a must-have guide for anyone considering facial cosmetic surgery. The conversational Q&A format presents valuable information in a way that's easy to understand.

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How Long Is Recovery Time for a Facelift?

Should you choose Destin Plastic Surgery for your facelift procedure, you should allow adequate time for recuperation. In general, 3 to 6 weeks is adequate for facelift recovery to allow you to return to your normal social activities. Immediately following the surgery, pain is controlled with narcotic pain medications. After approximately 2 to 3 days, most people require pain medications at night only for sleep. At 10 to 14 days, most people will not require narcotic pain medications and will be comfortable with acetaminophen or a mild narcotic for pain control.

A comfortable dressing is applied to the face and neck for the first 24 to 48 hours following the surgery. This dressing is removed and replaced with a lightweight garment to help support the neck and the face. This is worn for approximately 1 week following the surgery. For the first 24 to 48 hours, activities are restricted to short trips to the bathroom and to a chair. Activity increases with each person’s comfort level. In general, most people return to their normal activities at 2 to 3 weeks. Some people use BOTOX® Cosmetic to maintain their new youthful look after surgery.

Results Worth the Drive

See why people travel to Destin Plastic Surgery from Mobile, Dothan, Gulf Shores, and other Alabama communities.

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Dr. William R. Burden, MD, FACS is known for his experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery. Dr. Burden not only performs facelift surgery for patients from Panama City, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Tallahassee, Dothan, Atlanta, and Birmingham but also from around the world. Many people travel from Europe, South America and Asia to Destin to seek out his services.

For more information about facelift surgery, request a consultationrequest a consultation online to meet with Dr. Burden or call our office at (850) 654-1194.

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