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Practice Philosophy


Dr. William Burden is the Founder and CEO of Destin Plastic Surgery.  He established one of the Southeast’s most recognized plastic surgery facilities, designed its paperless office, developed its digital imaging system, and established the practice management philosophy.  Doctor Burden was the original designer of the building in which Destin Plastic Surgery is now located.Innovator

     Dr. Burden is an innovator in advanced techniques in facial rejuvenation.  Having performed the University of Florida’s first endoscopic, No Scar on the Face, browlift in 1994, he performed Northwest Florida’s first in 1995. He was the first plastic surgeon in the area to treat with BoTox® Cosmetic.  He has performed thousands of facial procedures, has developed advanced techniques in facial surgery, and has authored articles on rejuvenation of the face.

     In 1995, Dr. Burden performed the first endoscopic, No Scar on the Breast, augmentation in Northwest Florida.  He had performed the first endoscopic breast augmentation at The University of Florida earlier that year. Since then, he has performed over 4,000 of these procedures distinguishing him as one of the few to achieve this level of experience.  Dr. Burden has taught other surgeons on the technique, has published articles, and is currently writing a text on the procedure.

      Dr. Burden is recognized by The Mentor Corporation as a leader in breast surgery and has been selected as a principal investigator for the post-operatively adjustable Becker gel breast implant.  Only 30 investigators were selected in The United States.  Dr. Burden performs breast augmentation with both saline and silicone implants using the endoscopic, No Scar on the Breast, approach. Dr. William Burden is appointed to the International Physician’s Advisory Board for Mentor Corporation Selection into this group is based on experience and volume in breast enhancement surgery.  This elite group advises Mentor Corporation on their latest product development and practice management systems.      He continues to lead the way using advanced methods in body contouring procedures and was the first plastic surgeon in the area to use ultrasonic and power-assisted liposuction.       He has been voted “Best Plastic Surgeon” by the Emerald Coast Magazine’s reader’s poll 4 times.  No other plastic surgeon has achieved this distinction.  Destin Plastic Surgery was recognized as the Best of the Emerald Coast by this poll for 2009.


    Board Certification is important.  Dr. Burden is the first plastic surgeon in Northwest Florida to recertify in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body.  Dr. Burden has held dual board certification in Plastic Surgery as well as General Surgery, a distinction that a select group of surgeons have achieved.



     Dr. Burden has assembled an experienced staff who will work toward your best result.  He will review your options and partner with you to achieve your desired goal. Vision, innovation, and experience: these are the reasons that nurses, doctors, and their families seek out his care. 


Facial Cosmetic Surgery utilizing "No Scar on the Face" endoscopic techniques

"No Scar on the Breast"  Breast enhancement surgery


The consultative experience at Dr. Burden's office is very unique. Digital images are taken and immediately displayed on a computer monitor. You and Dr. Burden review the images to determine what treatments may be best for you. Before and after pictures of many other patients that have had treatments similar to those suggested to you are viewed. For breast augmentation and rhinoplasty patients, the 3-D imaging system will be able to show you the potential new you in 3-D!

"It is my practice philosophy that I do not convince the person to have surgery. They have already done that in their decision to seek a consultation. I believe I should review the possibilities and treatment options as well as the risks and benefits. I want the patient to have realistic expectations of their results" states Dr. Burden.

"My goal", Dr. Burden explains "is to have patients as knowledgeable as possible about the procedure, how to prepare themselves for it, what happens during and after surgery, how to take care of themselves afterwards. I have tried to inform them in ways that will prevent surprises."

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Location & Office Hours

The Grant Building
4485 Furling Lane
Destin, FL 32541
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Monday throught Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm Friday 7:30am - 2:00pm

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