Robert T. Buchanan MD
About the Practice
We are privileged to live and work in the beautiful countryside and serene surroundings of the Highlands-Cashiers area of North Carolina. To this, we bring an established tradition of quality, excellence and patient satisfaction. This makes us unique in providing quality Plastic Surgery in a totally relaxed rejuvenating atmosphere. We offer a full range of cosmetic consultations and procedures, Skin care and facial aesthetic services in a warm and comfortable environment.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality expertise in the field of Plastic Surgery. We strive to provide total service and care with compassion and understanding in a friendly, comfortable environment.
We assure that not only the presenting problem is cared for but that all other problems (medical, psychological, and social) are addressed and treated.
We provide options of care that allow each person to receive only the care needed or desired in the least invasive and least costly manner possible.
We always place our patients first, doing whatever we can to minimize the time, frustration and worry of receiving care. We protect and preserve the privacy, dignity and total welfare of our patients.
Our staff has and maintains the highest level of integrity, service orientation, attitude and ethics. We set ourselves apart from others with distinctive differences in medical/surgical expertise, information exchange, and patient caring.
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Dr. Buchanan specializes in Cosmetic & Rejuvenation of the Face, Body, and Breast. Presently, he is one of a select number of surgeons using the MACS Minimally Invasive Lift to rejuvenate the face.
Lower Body Lift
MiniAbdominoplasty with Suction
Upper Arm Lift
Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Removal)
Chemical Peels (Deep & Superficial)
Eyelid Rejuvenation (Blepharoplasty)
Skin Care & Refinement
Chemical Peels (Weekend Peel, Obagi Blue Peel)
Skin Care & Rejuvenation (Obagi Nu-Derm & Therapon)
Special Techniques offered
Small Scar Methods
Background & Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1980
American Board of Surgery, June 9, 1978 (not active)
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand, 1990 (1st year offered), recertified 1998
Elected by peers to lead local and national Plastic Surgical and other medical Organizations. (See below)
Has Published and Presented on multiple cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgical subjects. (See bibliography at www.PlasticSurgeryToday.yourmd.com, and Publications and Presentations below)
Full Professor of Plastic Surgery (See Teaching Appointments below)
An innovative surgeon (See Achievements under Honors and Awards)
AMA Physician Recognition Award given for a superior level of continuing medical education: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 & 2006 (Available every 3 years).
Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 1976-1978, Plastic Surgery Residency.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1972-1976, General Surgery Residency.
US Navy, Field Surgical Officer, Viet Nam and Jacksonville, FL 1970-72
Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX, 1969-70, Straight Surgical Internship.
Medical College of Georgia, M.D. degree, 1969
Clinical Professor teaching Residents, Fellows and students from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center while in private practice 1992-1999
Professor, teaching full time while caring for patients in the Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, City, OK, 1978-1992
He continues to mentor young physicians and students through organizations in which he participates. They constantly stimulate him to stay current and ahead of the majority of other surgeons in order to provide the type of input they must have.
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Buchanan has authored numerous articles based on research in national refered journals and books on subjects spanning the full breadth of Plastic Surgery. These include articles dealing with the physical effects of breast augmentation, Burns, Cleft Palate repair, facial fractures, nutritional support, and the first report of a free microvascular joint transplant.
He has been invited faculty of national and international courses and symposia of multiple plastic surgery organizations lecturing on multiple aspects of Plastic Surgery.
He has had papers accepted and presented them at the annual meetings of multiple Plastic Surgery organizations.
He has been the invited speaker at the programs of local hospitals and civic organizations.
Dr. Buchanan has developed and helped refine a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. With a broad knowledge of the basics, he has been able to take procedures developed for reconstruction, use them cosmetically, and vise versa.
Member of Speakers Bureau:
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Previously, Oklahoma State Medical Society
Awards & Honors
AMA Medal of Valor
AMA Physician’s Recognition Award: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007
Permanent entry in Who’s Who in America
First nose reattachment done anywhere in the world
First free joint transfer done anywhere in the world
Developed and helped refine a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
•Short scar carpal tunnel release
•Free tissue transfer
Elected by peers to lead local and national Plastic Surgical and other medical Organizations.
President, American Association for Hand Surgery, 2001-2002
President, Oklahoma society of Plastic Surgeons, 1982-1986
Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons, 1998-2004
Board of Directors, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 2000-2003
Affiliations & Memberships
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Highlands, NC
Westcare Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, NC
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Multiple Committee Chairs and Memberships
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation
Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
- Board of Directors, Multiple Committee Chairs and memberships
Fellow American College of Surgeons
- Board of Governors
American Association for Hand Surgery
- President, Multiple Offices and Committee chairs
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (Previous)
- Multiple Committee Memberships
American Medical Association
- Presented the Medal of Valor
North Carolina Medical Society
North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons
Team Captain, American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Susan G. Komen Foundation, Advisory Board, 1995-1999
American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City Chapter, Chairman of the Board, 1995-1997
Fine Arts Institute, Board of Directors, 1991-1993
Edmond Educational Endowment
This represents only a partial list of the various offices that Dr. Buchanan has held over the years.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Board of Directors, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 2001-2003
RUC Advisory Subcommittee of the CPT/RCU Committee, 1998-1999.
Program Committee, 1995-1999
CPT Committee, 1986-1999
Scientific Program Committee, 1990-1993
Chairman, Scientific Exhibits Sub-Committee, 1988-1990
Clinical Photography Committee, 1986-1996
Scholarship Committee, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 1993-1996
Exhibits Advisory Council, 1992-1993
Chairman, Exhibits Committee, 1990 - 1993
Computerized Exam Committee, 1990 - 1993
Convention Management Council, 1990-1993
Marketing Committee, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 1989 - 1993
Educational Technologies Committee, first Chairman and Developer, Plastic
Surgery Educational Foundation, 1989-1992, member 1992 -1995
Chairman, Scientific Exhibits Subcommittee, Exhibits Committee, 1988-1990
Program Evaluation Committee, 1985 - 1986, 1987 - 1988
Clinical Symposia Committee, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 1982 -1986
Marketing Committee, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 1980 - 1986
American College of Surgeons
Board of Governors, 1998-2004
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Examination Committee: 1993, 1994, 1995.
American Association for Hand Surgery
Past President, Board Member, 2002-2003
President Elect, 2000-2001
Vice President, 1999-2000
Finance Committee, 1999-2000
Committee on Committees, 1999-2000
By-laws Committee, 1998-1999 Parliamentarian, 1998-1999
Director at Large, 1992-1994
Chairman, Finance Committee, 1989 - 1992
Historian, 1988 - 1989
Chairman, Membership Committee, 1986 - 1988
Oklahoma State Medical Society
Delegate, 1998 -2000
Alternate Delegate, 1986 -1998
Council on Medical Education, 1998-1999
Council on Medical Education, 1984 - 1992
Oklahoma County Medical Society
Board of Directors,, 1998-1999
Emergency Medical Care Committee, 1984 - 1992
Oklahoma Society of Plastic Surgeons
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Faculty Senate, 1983 - 1987
Chairman, Highlands Relay for Life Team
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Advisory Board, Oklahoma City, 1995-1999
American Cancer Society
Chairman of the Board, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1995-1997
Board of Directors, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1993 -1995
Chairman, Education Committee, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1994
Project Woman Committee, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1994,1995
Staff & Facilities
Dr. Buchanan performs lesser procedures under local anesthesia in his office.Oral sedation is also available there.
The majority of his surgery is done as an outpatient in the modern Highlands-Cashiers Regional Medical Center that is fully Joint Commissioned Certified.
Nurses with many years Plastic Surgery experience.
Advanced Skin Resurfacing Laser
Endoscopic (Minimal Incision) Surgery
We Can Assist In Finding:
Discounted Lodges and Inns
Varied recreational opportunities (especially for accompanying family members).
Skin Care Products
Botox Injection (Botulinum Toxin Type A)
Chemical Peels (Weekend Peel, Obagi Blue Peel, Lactic & Glycolic Acid)
Care Credit Financing - click here
"Ask a Question" Responses
I haven't made any progress with the dense, waxy numbness on both sides of my face after a midface/lower lid lift seven weeks ago. I really regret...
The area of the cheek and upper lip is provided sensation by the infraorbital nerve. This nerve can easily be injured with a mid facelift. There are...
I am undergoing surgery for cataract removal in both eyes Oct/Nov. How long should I wait before having a cosmetic procedure involving the lower...
Lower blepharoplasty can generally be done safely following cataract surgery after about 2-3 months. You will need very frequent moisturizing drops...
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There are some surgeons who will do these as 2 different procedures. However, most plastic surgeons experienced in breast surgery will do them at the...
I had a Lifestyle Lift less than a week ago and I have 2 indentations right below my cheeks. Is this normal?
The Lifestyle Lift uses a purse-string suture to elevate and tighten the SMAS. If one is not careful, there can be a dimple at the outside edge of...
My numbness is felt everywhere my beard would be, except upper lip and frontal portion of my chin. It's driving me crazy. Is it normal to have...
Numbness in the area under the beard is very normal after a facelift as the procedure elevates the skin in this area, thus separating the skin from...