Joseph P. Hunstad M.D., FACS

cosmetic plastic surgeon

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Joseph P. Hunstad M.D., 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.”

Joseph P. Hunstad MD, FACS and board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, 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 and later a complex hand surgery from the chief of the burn unit, he was introduced to a new career in the innovative field of plastic surgery as a cosmetic plastic surgeon.

“As a cosmetic plastic surgeon, we are very demanding of ourselves. We hold ourselves to the highest standard so that we can provide the best possible care and outcome to our patients.”

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.

“Plastic surgery is transformative, not just for the body but for the mind and overall well-being of my patients.  They walk out of our doors renewed and ready to embrace life.”

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. As a cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Hunstad 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.

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An Expert Educator

Dr. Hunstad is a highly awarded surgeon best known for his expert precision with surgical instruments, and for even inventing surgical tools to help him deliver exceptional results to patients. He is committed to perfection and to treating his patients with exceptional care, contributing to hundreds of peer-reviewed journals and publications over his three decade long career. He has traveled the globe, giving international talks on the latest surgical techniques and has been elected to many prestigious leadership roles. 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 numerous following professional organizations.

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Jan Jones

Dr. Hunstad & his entire staff are phenomenal! From my initial consultation to post op care, my entire experience with Hunstad was excellent. He is very thorough, takes time to answer questions, and does excellent work. I am beyond thrilled with my results. He is very passionate about his work and truly cares about his patients. I would highly recommend Dr. Hunstad!

Stephanie T.

My husband and I were beyond impressed with Dr. Hunstad and his staff. Everyone was so friendly and informative. This is the 3rd plastic surgery center we visited and right away we knew we were in the right place. Dr. Hunstad knew exactly what I was looking for and he was so confident we were going to achieve it. He took the time to explain the different options that were available and actually listened if we had a question!

Happy Lady

I knew Dr Hunstad from my previous Breast augmentation ten years ago. I decided to go back for liposuction, since I loved my past experience and Dr. Hunstad. The surgery team seemed to have gotten even better. My nurse and anesthesiologist were amazing and so were the nurses who took care of me that night. I would highly recommend the care I received. So far the whole team has been amazing and my results at a month out are life changing, I cannot believe how much better I look!

Professional Accolades and Research

  • Doctor of Medicine Michigan State University, College of
    Human Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts

    Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 1977

For a full list, download Dr. Hunstad’s CV.

  • 2019 Top Plastic Surgeons in North Carolina – Top Plastic Surgeon Reviews
  • America’s Top Doctors 2021 – Castle Connolly
  • America’s Most Honored Doctors 2020 The American Registry
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  • Abdominoplasty with Circumferential Body Liposuction, ICAPS annual meeting in Cape Town South Africa, March 16, 2020
  • Autologous Buttocks Augmentation and Lifting, ASAPS Traveling Professor University Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, November 20, 2019
  • Avulsion Thighplasty, ASAPS Traveling Professor University Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, November 20, 2019/li>
  • Abdominoplasty with Circumferential Body Liposuction, ASAPS Traveling Professor University Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, November 20, 2019

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  • Safety of the River Rocks Event for Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Following Abdominal Body Contouring Surgery: 600 patients. Aesthetic surgery Journal. 2020 June 24
  • Four Position for Entry Site Circumferential Arm Liposuction: Technique Overview and Experience. Aesthetic plastic surgery. 2020 October; 44 (five): 1596 – 1603
  • The Three Triangle Rotation Flap Technique for Aesthetic Earlobe Reduction, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 2020 October; 44 (five): 1555 – 1559
  • Decision-Making in Upper Back Contouring in The Art of Aesthetic Surgery: Fundamentals and Minimally Invasive Surgery – volume 1, third edition, Thieme, New York, 2020

For a full list, download Dr. Hunstad’s CV.

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