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Over Twenty-Seven Years Experience as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Specializing in the Natural Look
Breast Augmentation Model

About Dr. David L. Buchanan

Dr. David Buchanan is an experienced board certified Plastic Surgeon who has specialized in creating the “Natural Look” refinements of inherent beauty for over 28 years. He performs hundreds of procedures each year in his state of the art AAAASF surgical center. Board certified Anesthesiologists from Cottage Hospital and the Anesthesia Medical Group of Santa Barbara provide comfort and safety in the operating room. We strive to deliver excellent surgical results in a professional and comfortable way, in the safest possible environment. Our patients come from Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Ventura, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and occasionally from Germany, Australia, France and Italy. For our patients’ convenience we have streamlined the process to minimize time away without jeopardizing safety or the results. We are proud to offer the “Santa Barbara Experience” for all of our patients, meaning that they receive state-of-the-art treatment and comprehensive care in a relaxed ocean-side setting.

Education and Background

Dr. Buchanan obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He then served as a line officer for three years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He returned to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As part of his training, he completed an externship in Cardiology at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Buchanan’s General Surgery residency training took place at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and also at the Maricopa County General Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. A plastic surgery residency followed at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Buchanan was proud to serve as Chief Resident for part of both his General and Plastic Surgery residencies.

Certifications and Memberships

Dr. Buchanan is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Buchanan has published scientific articles in the prestigious Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal. He underwent separate rigorous written and oral examinations to become board certified. Dr. Buchanan is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Our Outpatient Surgery Center is certified by AAAASF.

After 30+ years of dedicated patient care and building the Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Buchanan officially retired on October 31, 2017. Dr. Schooler is looking forward to continuing this tradition and is dedicated to providing outstanding comprehensive and cutting edge care in breast surgery for the Santa Barbara region and beyond.