Highlands Plastic Surgeon
209 Hospital Dr #202
Highlands, North Carolina 28741 US
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation


Dr. Buchanan is an artist as well as a surgeon. I never thought I would pursue cosmetic surgery, but after a few visits for more simple procedures, he earned my complete trust. He takes time to explain all options and the pros and cons of each. He recently performed more serious surgery on me and I had a wonderful experience. Dr. B went above and beyond my expectations. Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Continuously Excellent

I was 40 when I received my first Botox injections. Dr. Buchanan met and talked with me for quite a while making sure I was comfortable with every area of the procedure . I am now 53 and am still going to the very best . I have never had a droopy anything and he is very conscientious about any pain I may feel and tries to avoid it always. I truly beg you to research your choice of medical...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

Breast Implant Revision. Decrease in Size. 29 Years Old, 110 Lbs, One Child- Breastfed for One Year. - Highlands, NC

Dr. Buchanan has been great so far. He answered my millions of questions with a smile. I never had to wait. I only gave 4 stars for aftercare because this is the day of surgery, will update in a few days. I can not speak to the results he was able to achieve yet, I will update this as well.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Revision of a Blepharoplasty - Highlands, NC

He is a great communicator. He takes his time with you as he sits in a chair and makes you feel comfortable to talk to you. He is very personable.

5 out of 5 stars Juvederm

Injectables - Highlands, NC

I have been a patient of Dr. Buchanan's since June of 2002. Prior to moving to Highlands, NC, I had been a patient of a very good plastic surgeon in Florida. So, I was well acquainted with plastic surgery and procedure results. I have obviously been very pleased with the results of procedures performed by Dr. Buchanan, as I am still his patient 12 years later. Not only is Dr. Buchanan an...

5 out of 5 stars Radiesse

Aging 70+ Year Old Female - Highlands, NC

I have been very happy with the services I have received from Dr. Buchanan. He is very thorough, doesn't try to sell any of his services and is a very caring physician.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

"Much Needed Reduction" - Highlands, NC

Dr. Buchanan is skillful, experienced and a caring doctor. I never had a long waiting period either in the lobby or the examination room. He was prompt and aware that my time was valuable too. Always with a positive attitude, he would greet me with a smile and made me feel like I was his only patient of the day. I would come in with a list of questions, and he would address every one of them before my appointment was over. I always left the clinic confident in what I was to do and what would be ahead of me.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Buchanan has hospital affiliations at Highlands-Cashiers; Harris Regional, Sylva, NC.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, Medical College of Georgia
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: University of Texas-Southwestern, Parkland Hospital
    General Surgery, University of North Carolina
    Plastic Surgery, Washington University, St Louis

Treatments offered at Center for Plastic Surgery

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Sports Bra and Tighter Bra After Breast Implants?

There is no right answer that has been investigated in a scientific manner. Most surgeons have their own routine, though none can prove they are right... READ MORE

How long does the internal bra last?

The term "Internal Bra" is something coined by a very savvy plastic surgeon a number of years ago to describe taking the epithelium (the outer part of... READ MORE

Water Pills po op Lipo and tummy tuck

Use of diuretics or "water pills" after procedures like liposuction is not a good idea. The procedure produces significant tissue injury. Part of the... READ MORE

Low Carb Dieting Before and After a Tummy Tuck Recommended?

A “low carb” diet is what everyone should be on. Most people eat about 70-90% of their calories as carbohydrates. By changing this to more... READ MORE

How Should You Sleep and Take Care of Your Skin After a Facelift?

Good postoperative care is generally a continuation of the good habits you started before surgery. We begin skin care well in advance of facelift... READ MORE

Breast Lift and Augmentation Recovery

Although some surgeons do not like to do these procedures together, if done properly, the results are excellent. The surgeon must take the time in the... READ MORE

Will Going Under the Muscle with Interfere with my Workouts?

It was people like you that convinced me to do most of my implants on top of the muscle. Before I moved to my present location, a great deal of the... READ MORE

What's a good stable effective brand of vitamin c?

Vitamin-C is very hard to compound correctly and only works properly if done so and at the proper pH. It returns the skin pH to its normal, acts as an... READ MORE

What causes burns in Liposuction?

Burns are caused when an energy source, either laser or ultrasound, is used with the liposuction. The fact that you have seen this after BBL shows you... READ MORE

5'2 , 275lbs, and 25 years old - Liposuction or Tummy Tuck? Which procedure would work best for me? (photos)

If you have truly plateaued in your weight loss, you need to see a bariatric surgeon, not a plastic surgeon. Neither a tummy tuck nor liposuction will... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Buchanan

Robert T. Buchanan, MD has shared 12 before and after pictures with 45 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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What Is a Mini Facelift

Dr. Robert Buchanan explains that a "mini facelift" has a different meaning in each doctor's office, so here is how he performs his version. WATCH VIDEO

Is There Anything Between Fillers and a Facelift?

Fillers not doing much but not ready for a facelift? Dr. Robert Buchanan has some bad news for you in-betweeners. WATCH VIDEO

Our Understanding of the Aging Face Has Improved the Way We Use Fillers

Plastic surgeons are better than ever with fillers in-hand and Dr. Robert Buchanan explains that it is because the understanding of the aging face is better than ever. WATCH VIDEO

How to Avoid the Square Face From Over Filling

We have all seen those "overfilled" individuals with the round or square faces. How did they get that way and how can we avoid that looks after our next visit? Dr. Robert Buchanan explains. WATCH VIDEO

Everyone Knows That Proper Skin Care Stars Early, But Nix the Moisturizers

Dr. Robert Buchanan rattles our hearts with his news that moisturizers are bad for your skin! Hear what he has to say. WATCH VIDEO

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.