& Cosmetic Surgery
T. Buchanan, md
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA.
General Surgery: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX. and
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Plastic Surgery:
Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
American Board of Plastic Surgery (additional certification in Surgery
of the Hand).
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of
Plastic Surgeons, American Association for Hand Surgery, North
Carolina Medical Society, American Medical Association, and Fellow of
the American College of Surgeons.
From an early age,
Dr. Robert Buchanan had a fascination with how things worked and,
using this natural curiosity, would disassemble and reassemble complex
items. Inspired by his physician uncle, Dr. Buchanan made the decision
to pursue medicine as his career. Utilizing his natural dexterity
skills, the now Doctor Buchanan, found his niche in the complexity and
broad diversity of Plastic Surgery. He was initially drawn to the then
new field of micro vascular surgery and free tissue transfer; being
the first St. Louis surgeon to successfully replant a finger, and on
the team to do the world's first successful vascularized whole joint
transfer (in a child with a severe hand crush injury). Soon after, he
successfully replanted hands, achieving total function and did the
first known replant of a traumatically amputated nose.
“I've always loved anatomy and I 've
always been enthralled with figuring things out. For me plastic
surgery requires intimate knowledge of anatomy combined with the
ability to find the best solution to a particular problem,” said
Buchanan. “In plastic surgery, there are usually several different
approaches to any one problem. You have to determine which is going to
work best in a particular situation.” He was among the first surgeons
in the US doing Liposuction, since it provided superior results with
minimal incision. He has subsequently continued this innovation to
improve results, increase longevity of results, reduce scars and speed
recovery in other cosmetic procedures, particularly those of the face,
eyes and breasts.
He has, for instance, totally changed his facelift method to a new
technique that provides superior, more natural results, shorter scars,
and faster recovery. He also modified his eyelift for better, more
long lasting results with fewer risks. He does his browlifts through
small incisions using an endoscope. Many newer procedures do not even
1999, Dr. Buchanan and his wife relocated to Highlands and, in doing
so, brought a wealth of skill and experience to the community.
“Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has worked with us to provide an
up-to-date and safe facility for what we do. It can also provide
excellent post-op care for those choosing to use it, something hard to
find in many locations,” says Dr. Buchanan. “From this facility we are
providing constantly improving procedures, which translates to less
invasive surgery and great results for our patients.”
In his free time, Dr. Buchanan enjoys his grandchildren, hiking,
biking, photography and playing Bridge with his wife.
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