Robert T. Buchanan MD

Highlands, NC, US
Robert T. Buchanan MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

We are privileged to live and work in the beautiful countryside and serene surroundings of the Highlands-Cashiers area in the Blue Ridge part of the Smoky Mountains 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 and rejuvenating atmosphere. We offer a full range of cosmetic consultations and procedures including non and minimally invasive ones, 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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Practice Specialization

Dr. Buchanan specializes in Cosmetic & Rejuvenation of the Face and Body, especially using minimally or non-invasive methods. with Using only injections, Today’s Liquid Lift© can give results better than most “mini lifts” and are ideal for those needing only a “touch-up” after a previous facelift.

Body Contouring
Liposuction
Zerona® non surgical painless laser fat removal

Breast
Implant Problems
Nipple/Areola Reconstruction
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Removal)

Facial
Chemical Peels (Deep & Superficial)
Chin Remodeling
Cheek Augmentation with Fillers and Fat
Eyelid Rejuvenation (Surgical Blepharoplasty & Filler/Fat injection)
Ear Remodeling
Forehead Lift (Surgical and by Botox)
Lip Enhancement
Liquid Facelift (Today’s Liquid Lift©) using Fillers (Juvéderm™ Ultra®, Volbella® & Voluma®, Botox® and fat)
Neck Lift/Suction/Kybella®

Skin Care & Refinement
Scar revision
Wrinkle removal
Botox Injection
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Chemical Peels (Lactic, Glycolic & Jessener’s Peels, and Obagi Blue & Radiance Peels)
Microdermabrasion/Microplaining
Filler & Fat Injection
Retin-A
Skin Care & Rejuvenation (Obagi Nu-Derm, CLENZIderm M.D. ™, Vitamin-C & ELASTIderm®; SkinMedica & Epiance)
Jane Iredale™ Mineral and Camouflage Make-Up
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment of red and brown spots
Facials

Special Techniques offered
Small Scar Methods
Endoscopic Methods
Laser Techniques

Background & Certification

Board 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 2000 & 2010

Professional Background

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 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: (Continuously every 3 years since 1981, the 1st year available).
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

Teaching Appointments

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. BADr. Buchanan has authored numerous articles based on research in national refereed 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
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
Previously, Oklahoma State Medical Society
chanan 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
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
Previously, Oklahoma State Medical Society

Awards & Honors

AMA Medal of Valor
AMA Physician’s Recognition Award: 1981the 1st year available and every 3 years since.
Permanent entry in Who’s Who in America
Other Achievements:
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.
•Liposuction
•Breast reconstruction
•Short scar carpal tunnel release
•Free tissue transfer using Loupes rather than a microscope
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

Hospital Affiliations

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Highlands, NC
Westcare Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, NC

Society Memberships

Medical:
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
Western North Carolina Medical Society
North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons
Community:
Present:
Rotary International
Team Captain, American Cancer Society Relay for Life
In Oklahoma:
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

Offices Held

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, 2001-2002
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
Secretary, 1994-1998.
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
President, 1982-1986
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Faculty Senate, 1983 - 1987
Rotary International
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

Surgical Facility

Dr. Buchanan performs everything possible under local anesthesia and with minimal oral sedation (anxiolytic) in his office.

Surgery requiring significant sedation or general anesthesia is done as an outpatient or with an overnight stay in the modern Harris Regional Medical Center that is fully Joint Commission Accredited with Expert Outpatient Anesthesiology and Nurses with many years Plastic Surgery experience.

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Special Features:

Advanced Skin Resurfacing Laser

Zerona® fat melting laser

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment of red & dark areas

Endoscopic (Minimal Incision) Surgery

We Can Assist In Finding:

Discounted Lodges and Inns (Travel Packages)

Nursing services

Exceptional dining

Varied recreational opportunities (especially for accompanying family members).

Skin Care Products

Botox Injection (Botulinum Toxin Type A)
Chemical Peels (Weekend Peel, Obagi Blue & Revitalize Peels, Lactic & Glycolic Acid)
Laser Skin Resurfacing
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for Red & Brown.
Juvederm® Ultra® for lips & folds.
Juvéderm™ Volbella® for lips and fine lines.
Juvéderm™ Voluma® under eye, the cheek, major folds and to restore volume.
Fat Injection
Retin-A (Tretenoin) wrinkle correction
Obagi Nu-Derm® System, Vitamin-C, CLENZIderm M.D.™, ELASTIderm®
SkinMedica products
Epionce®
Jane Iredale™ mineral make-up

Languages Spoken

English (Spanish interpretation is available)

Payment Options

We accept:

Cash/check

VISA/MasterCard/AMEX

Care Credit Financing - click here

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Robert T. Buchanan MD

209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202,
Highlands, NC, 28741, US

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