Joseph P. Hunstad MD, FACS

In the field of plastic surgery you learn something new every day. You must keep an open mind and be able to address difficult issues that may arise. If the solution is not in literature, identify ways to improve it and deliver outstanding results.” –Dr. Joseph P. Hunstad

Joseph P. Hunstad always knew he’d be a surgeon. After completing his internship and residency in his home state of Michigan, his studies led him to Houston, TX where he attained a highly sought after fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the MECOM Microsurgery Institute. Believing he discovered his specialty – burn repair surgery – he developed his gift while enjoying the intricacy and strenuous pace intensive care trauma presented. However, a rare invitation to perform a cleft lip operation and complex hand surgery from the Chief of the Burn Unit, a plastic surgeon, would introduce him to a new career in the innovative field of reconstructive plastic surgery.

Dr. Hunstad began his practice and watched it evolve rapidly as he welcomed more cosmetic plastic surgery patients. His determination, concern for patients and pursuit of excellence shaped him into an exceptional surgeon. It was his passion for finding solutions to challenging surgeries that led him to develop and publish several procedures while practicing. He began to lecture and demonstrate his new techniques to national audiences. In 1993, while presenting on the topic of Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss, he was approached by the President of the Belgium Society of Surgery to be the key note speaker which was his first invitation as an international lecturer.

World-renowned physician, Joseph P. Hunstad, MD, FACS was named Best Plastic Surgeon in America by Castle Connolly. He has published over 40 plastic surgery articles and most recently completed his first full textbook, Atlas of Abdominoplasty. He has accepted invitations to speak and perform surgeries in 22 countries and trains other medical doctors through fellowship and direct observation programs. Most notably this brilliant physician is credited with inventing “The Hunstad System,” a popular and widely used technique for tumescent anesthesia.

Dr. Hunstad is highly regarded in his field. Best known for his expert precision with surgical tools, it is not surprising to learn that he is committed to perfection and treating his patients with exceptional care. In 2015, Dr. Hunstad was nominated to be on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a huge accomplishment serving a two-year term. He currently serves as the Section Head of Plastic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center-University and is affiliated with the following professional organizations:

Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Hunstad is most proud of his children. He resides with his lovely wife and two daughters in Charlotte, NC where he has practiced cosmetic plastic surgery for more than 25 years. He established a 10,000 square foot state-of-the art ambulatory surgical facility and MedSpa located in Huntersville, NC – just 15 minutes north of Charlotte, NC. Motivated by his patients, he continues to devote his practice to delivering state-of-the-art surgery in a warm and caring environment.

ISAPS 2015Dr. Hunstad represented the United States at the “Global Perspectives – Trends in Liposuction and Lipoplasty” in the current ISAPS News Issue.

ICAPS constituted by world wide known plastic surgeons who have scientific contributions and positive support to the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery field in all means. ICAPS also promotes the link between these selective plastic surgeons around the world who share their valuable time together both scientifically and socially by organizing yearly conferences around the world. 

See Dr. Hunstad on RealSelf.

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