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 knew he wanted to be a physician from a very young age. And soon upon entering medical school, he knew he really wanted to be a surgeon. Believing he discovered his specialty – burn care and surgery – he developed his skills while enjoying the intricacy and strenuous pace of intensive care trauma. However, when he received an invitation to perform a cleft lip operation, a cosmetic procedure, and complex hand surgery from the chief of the burn unit, he was introduced to a new career in the innovative field of plastic surgery.

After completing his general surgery internship and residency, followed by a plastic surgery residency in Michigan, his studies led him to Houston, TX. There, he attained a coveted fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery and cosmetic plastic surgery at the MECOM Microsurgery Institute and the Texas medical Center.

Dr. Hunstad began his practice in Charlotte 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 a well-respected surgeon. It was his passion for finding solutions to challenging surgeries that led him to develop and publish several plastic surgery procedures while practicing here in Charlotte. He began to lecture and demonstrate his new techniques to national and international 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 keynote speaker later that year in Brussels, 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 70 plastic surgery articles and a best-selling plastic surgery textbook, Atlas of Abdominoplasty. It has been published in English, Spanish, and Chinese. He has accepted invitations to speak and perform surgeries in 22 countries, and he trains other plastic surgeons through the HKB aesthetic society endorsed fellowship and direct observation programs. Most notably, Dr. Hunstad is credited with inventing “The Hunstad System,” a popular and globally used technique and instrument line for tumescent anesthesia and liposuction.

Dr. Hunstad is best known for his expert precision with surgical instruments, and he is committed to perfection and treating his patients with exceptional care. In 2015, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a huge accomplishment that involved serving a second three-year term. He currently serves as the Section Head of Plastic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center-University, is Associate Consulting Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, International Traveling Professor for the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Traveling Professor for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and he is affiliated with the following professional organizations:

Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Hunstad is most proud of his children. He resides in Cornelius, NC, where he has practiced cosmetic plastic surgery for more than 29 years. He established a 13,000 square foot state-of-the art ambulatory surgical facility and MedSpa in Huntersville, NC, and a second elite facility in the Southpark area of Charlotte. 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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