About Michael Elam, MD
Michael Elam, MD practices in Newport Beach as a Facial Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Elam was invited to join RealSelf in 2011, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 33 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services. Dr. Elam has hospital affiliations at Newport Center Outpatient Surgical Facilities.
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Dr. E Took Me from an Insecure, Unhappy Person to Feeling Like I Am on Top of the World! - Newport Beach, CA
Posted by dynamite
Changed my life! This was my first big surgery, but the second I stepped into Dr. E's office I knew I was in the right place. His staff makes you feel comfortable from the 1st second you enter. Dr. E, himself, is honest, classy and sophisticated--I would not go to anyone else but him, He made me feel incredible, love him and his staff!
Posted by peace2u
I wanted to write a review about my Doctor. I wanted to share my experience and outcome with others that are wanting to have surgery. Dr. E and his staff are outstanding and so professional. Dr. E is an Artist and is so well experienced. His knowledge and bed side manner is a 10. I interviewed so many surgeons for the Rhinoplasty that I wanted to have. After meeting with Dr. E, his staff, looking at before and after photos, I knew he was the BEST. I have sent so many patients to him. I get so many compliments on my nose, everyone wants to know who my surgeon is? Dr. E does all my Botox, Skincare, and Juvederm.I have also sent my family members to him. Thank you Dr. E and your great staff:)
Posted by Christina in OC
Dr. E is such an amazing doctor. My girlfriend in Newport recommended him to me after she had her boobs done by him.
Posted by Live Laugh Love
Love love love Dr. E and his entire staff!! They are all so sweet and I fell that everyone put such an effort in getting to know me and make me feel comfortable! Dr. E especially made me feel comfortable right from the beginning. I was scared of going too big but I just trusted him and told him to do what he feels would look best. I could not be happier with my results. They look and feel so natural!!
Posted by Reluctant LA Guy
Male Tummy Tuck
Dr. E had a long way to go to make me feel comfortable about my decision. He and his office staff were very kind and professional. Dr. E took time with me to make sure my questions were answered and to review the preparation, procedures, and aftercare. I couldn't have made a better choice. The experience and the people are the best.
Posted by Lil' Britt
The doctor as well as the staff were very supportive & helpful with all my questions & concerns from pre-surgery throughout post-surgery, & I could not be more happy with my results! I have recommended Dr. E to many friends who are just as happy with their procedures as well.
Posted by patsyann
Dr. E is extremely talented. He does not over do it and is honest. I think his work is better than any other Orange County plastic surgeon and I have friends who have gone everywhere.
Amazing Results, and Now I Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, and I Highly Recommend Dr. E - Newport Beach, CA
Posted by Sydney J
I travelled all the way from Aspen Colorado to have Dr E perform a brow lift, because of Dr Es excellent reputation. It took 10 years off of my face, with even my closest friends amazed at how young I looked, without knowing I had had a brow lift. I had no tell tale signs of surgery. It was like I went on an amazing spa vacation, and came home 10 years younger!
Posted by CostaMesa
After moving here from out of state a few years ago, I saw Dr. E on home shopping network with Phyllis Diller. He had performed a facelift and face peel on her and she looked so amazing; I knew he was the doctor for me. He did miracles for me as well and I see him every few years for a little rejuvenation. Thank you Dr!
Posted by Newport Beach5220
I have referred several friends to Dr. E and they have all had wonderful results. The office staff is very professional. Most of his employees have been there for over 15 years and are well informed, kind, and always willing to help with a smile on their face.
Posted by Newport Beach523
As a pioneer in the field of cosmetic surgery there is no better experienced doctor than Dr. E. His unparalleled knowledge, precise techniques and unique ability to give each patient a flawless result, puts him leagues above his fellow colleagues. I would trust no other. Another ultimate benefit is his personal touch and sincere approach as a caring doctor makes you feel safe and secure. I have been a patient for 25 years and he has skillfully given me the procedures that make me feel confident, youthful and ageless. I highly recommend Dr. E as a life medical partner in maintaining your "real self."
Posted by Tammy Knickerbocker
Dr. E did my daughters surgery which was filmed on the real housewives of orange county and she was so happy with her results. I referred many friends to dr. E and they have all been so pleased with their results...
Posted by Newport Beach7450
!st Dr. E has the BEST bedside manner of any Dr. I've been to. Then add in to the fact that I have had numerous procedures by him, and been elated each and every time. His office staff is so helpful. There's nothing worse then having to wait for a Doctor when you have a busy schedule like mine. The good news is I've never had to wait more then 10 minutes and all of my friends have been accommodated in the same manner.
Posted by openmind
Dr. showed me the results on office girls, which is what sold me on Latisse.
Posted by heatherw123
Updated on 4 Feb 2012:
About two months ago I had rhinoplasty done by Dr. Elam and I could not have picked a better surgeon. Before I had this surgery, I was unsure what nose would fit best on my face and the nose that Dr. Elam created is perfect. Everyone compliments me and I honestly don't think that I could have had better results. Everything about the surgery was easy. I did not have any bruising and the swelling went down quickly. I experienced literally no pain and the only issue was that I had a splint on my nose for a week so I couldn't leave my apartment. I feel like my face is much more balanced and I have a nose that fits flawlessly. Because I am a student at USC, Dr. Elam's office is far from where I live but his staff was very helpful in making appointments for me that worked with my schedule. I would 100% recommend him. It is a joy to spend time with the entire staff and with 30 + years of experience, Dr. Elam's work is impeccable. Message me if you have any questions!
Posted by CDM Girl
Dr Elam is an amazing doctor with years and years experience. He always made me feel well taken care of. He also has great bed side manner and his price was very reasonable considering all of his experience.
Posted by Lil' Britt
Make sure you do alot of research on your doctor- do not make a decision purely based on cost or location.... this is your face you are getting altered! I would recommend asking the doctor you are interested in booking your surgery with to physically see a patient who has just had Rhinoplasty in person if possible. I got to see a few patients (who gave my doctor permission obviously)that were a week- month post op when they came in for re-checks & asked them questions etc.
Posted by ICU nurse
I had surgery by dr Elam because he made me feel so comfortable at my consultation. I am a nurse in the ICU and work with a lot of surgeons so I can tell you that most have a terrible bedside manner. When I met dr Elam, I was so surprised to meet a surgeon who was truly such a nice guy. He made me feel so comfortable about my procedure and recovery process. Working in a hospital, I've been exposed to lots of unsanitary things and seen many mistakes so I was very concerned about getting surgery. So he showed me around his entire facility and how they sterilize all the equipment and I felt much better. In thirty years he has never had a patient get an infection related to surgery. After seeing how nice he was and how nice his operating suites are, I signed up for surgery and had both my breast done and liposuction.
Posted by Elizabeth9888
Dr. and his staff were caring, patient and extremely professional from my first consultation to my last follow-up visit. The Dr. explained the procedure in great detail and made sure to answer all of my questions thoroughly. Throughout the procedure, he was gentle and made sure I was ok every step of the way. After the surgery, I was even more impressed with his extensive follow-up. He seemed to go out of his way to make sure I was ok and everything healed properly - even taking extra precautionary measures. My expectations were far exceeded and I would highly recommend Dr. E.
Posted by happy mom 1
I went to Dr. Elam after having two babies, and just couldn't seem to get my original figure back. I was very sceptical at first but the staff and care was amazing. Best care and results- you don't need to look any further to be happy with your body and move on with your life looking your best.
Posted by Laura7106
Dr. Elam madse me so comfortable. He is kind, patient and really listens. The entire staff is that way.
Posted by Sheila in Calif.
Dr. Elam and his staff provide excellent customer service. From the initial consultation, to the actual surgery and post operative care, the doctor and staff are patient and caring. They make you feel special and valued as a patient. That's a rare quality in today's medical marketplace.
Posted by alwaysannie
Dr. Elam is a true artist. I could not be more happy with my results. He took the time to get to know me so to have a genuine understanding of the outcome I desired. In my mind, the results are dramatic and life-changing while still being subtle and entirely natural. Dr. Elam makes himself completely accesible to his patients and provides the utmost in after-patient care and follow-up. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Elam to any of my friends and family members. After meeting with several southern California-based plastic surgeons, I was still uncertain if this procedure was for me. That was before I walked into Dr. Elam's office! From that moment on, I knew I was in the hands of a true professional and I never looked back. The entire process was made seamless by him and his amazing staff.
Posted by tnjxiix
I went to several consults with different Dr.'s and Dr. Elam was instantly my choice at the consult, trust me, you just know when you meet the right surgeon. He looked at me like I was a piece of art, you could tell he was studying my facial structure and you can tell he LOVES what he does. You are not hurried or pressured in ANY WAY, his prices are more than reasonable and I have not ONE complaint about my experience. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful him and his staff are, they have so much experience and I knew I was safe in their hands. Safety and experience is so important but something we dont always think about first with plastic surgery. I think price and result are our first thought but your safety while having cosmetic surgery really should be considered. Dr. Elam gives you a great price with a ton of experience and his surgical suite and staff are top notch.
Posted by leahparker4
Couple of past patients of his. Having just moved to California recently, I did not know a single plastic surgeon. I started asking around and was referred to Dr. Elam through a couple of friends. After doing extensive research and visiting for a consultation, I was very pleased with him, his team, and the office. Dr. Elam implemented exactly what I wanted. I also want to mention that his follow-up process (which is once a week for the first couple weeks after surgery then once every couple weeks) makes you feel like you are truly cared for by him and his team. Overall, the whole experience has been first class and will be recommending him to anyone interested in services he offers.
Posted by NoNameNancy
Dr. Elam is a long time friend of the family. (And has been our go-to guy for the entire family for over 20 years!) Dr. Elam is a great doctor. He took the time to explain the procedure and was only a phone call away if I ever had a question. He also has a great eye for aesthetics and did a wonderful job sculpting.
Posted by cree8
What a great experience! The staff was very caring and professional. Dr. Elam took time to anwer all of my questions and concerns. I felt that Dr. Elam understood my goal of wanting to look refreshed and not over done. The outcome was perfect and exactly what I wanted. My son gushed about how great I looked and said, "that all the lines are gone...even the one that went way down there!" I wouldn't have waited so long, if I'd known it would be so easy. Thank you!
Posted by Happyyygirlll123
Realself.com!!! Dr. Elam was the first consultation I went on and I instantly felt a connection and trusted him but just to be safe I shopped around. I went on 7 different consultations all over like Beverly Hills, Encino, Marina Del Ray, Hermosa, and all over Los Angeles. Let just say I wasted my time after meeting with the other doctors I realized Dr. Elam was the perfect fit. He thoroughly went over the procedure and understood the fixes I wanted to my nose. Of course I was nervous of looking like Michael Jackson but he reassured me that I wouldn't. The staff is SO friendly and unbelievably accommodating. Dr. Elam even came in on his day off to do my surgery because it was the only day that worked for me. Needless to say he did an AMAZING job! He's a true artist that listened to everything I said and my nose looks SO natural! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY NEW NOSE AND LOVE DR. ELAM!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING AND ALSO A BIG THANK YOU TO HIS STAFF!!! DR. ELAM IS THE BEST!
Posted by DAnderson
Referral from a friend.
Posted by Deborah Peterkin
Breast Implant Revision
I heard of Dr. Elam through another physician. His office staff is very competent, efficient and friendly not to mention his office is gorgeous. Dr. Elam has a great bedside manner and is an excellent surgeon.
Posted by denice dusablon
From my Mom and her friends who use Dr. Elam.
Posted by bowbaby
Referral from a friend and i would refer all of my friends
Posted by ijaz429
Posted by OneHappyGal
I did my homework for years! Finally decided to go to orange county to see Dr. Elam! And oh boy it was the smartest decision I've ever made! Dr. Elam is the kindest, most knowledgeable and most surgically gifted plastic surgeon.. A real artist! From my initial consultation, to my final follow up, i was cared for as if I was his only patient! He spent time discussing the procedure, and went over everything I needed to know in detail, he answered all my questions. The staff was extremely helpful, I felt very well taken care of by everyone. My results are amazing and I would not go to anyone else for cosmetic surgery! Thank you Dr. E and staff for doing such a wonderful job.. You are truly amazing and can't wait to go back for my next surgery! Love you guys and gals!! XoXo'S!!!
Posted by Jodell
I went to Dr. Elam to discuss getting a breast augmentation. He was honest, informative, knowledgable, and most importantly he made me feel comfortable. I had the surgery shortly after my initial consultation and I am so happy with the results. Thank you Dr Elam
Posted by Athena 12
My sister, she was the first to go to Dr. Elam on a recommendation from a friend of hers. Word gets around. Dr Elam is wonderful and so is all the staff. This was my first experience with plastic surgery. Dr Elam and his staff made me feel very comfortable about my decision. Dr. Elam is a wonderful artist and doctor. I highly recomend this Dr. to anyone planning an improvement :) One of the things that really stands out for me is that I know I can trust Dr. Elam. He will tell you honestly if you need the procedure of if you don't. That gets alot of cudos from me. Thank-you Dr. Elam for taking such good care of me and doing such a great job!!!
Posted by kdiesel78
Thank you Dr Elam for the nasal surgery. I was a little nervous the day of the surgery but Dr Elam and his staff were very professional and assured me that everything was gonna be fine. Again Thank you Dr Elam for your great work and humbleness you are the best...
Posted by Brenda Desert
I wish there were more starts. Dr. Elam was referred to me by my next door neighbor, who has had surgery as well. I went from a size 14 to an 8.
Posted by California853
I found Dr. Elam on Real Self and could not be happier with my decision. He is so amazing and skilled at everything he does. He has over 30 years of experience and right when I met him I knew he was the one. His staff is so beautiful, friendly, and caring! I love the office and the wait times are excellent. The most important thing is that he gave me MY most beautiful nose! The perfect fit for my face. Not THE most beautiful cookie cutter nose. I still look very natural and like myself. I am 100 percent in love with my new nose and I think he did an amazing job. He was also delicate enough to where I had very light bruising and swelling. He is honest and caring and overall an amazing A+ surgeon. Probably one of the best in the State, if not the United states!! His prices are excellent and affordable I can't say enough good things about him and his whole staff! Thank you
Posted by Brittney_xoxo
Dr. Elam and his staff have been amazing and have given me the best care possible! I knew he was the right surgeon from when I first met him. I don't think I could have chosen a better surgeon! We all went to different doctors. However I found Dr. Elam off real self. I scheduled my consultation with him about a month before my surgery and fell in love with him and his staff! He took pictures and did the digital imaging on his computer and we talked about what he could do with my nose. Molly, the patient consultant/medical esthetician has been there for me since day one. She has been absolutely amazing with scheduling my appointment and being there for me throughout it all. :) I then scheduled my pre op appointment a month later and everything went well. I got my blood work done and Molly called in my medications for me to pick up the same day right across the street. All I had to do was wait until the day of the surgery. Him and the girls have been absolutely perfect!
Posted by britehart
Dr. Elam's reputation stands out. Many have said you can't find a more skilled, accomplished, knowlegeable and caring Plastic Surgeon than Dr. Elam. He is an aesthetic surgeon with an artistic eye. That's Dr. Elam! Dr. Elam, I know that you are one of the finest in your field of Plastic Surgery/Cosmetic Surgery because of my recent personal experience. We started with a simple Implant Revision Surgery "take the old out and replace with the new", however, it turned out to be a very complicated surgery i.e. Breast Reconstruction. Fortunately there was no cancer. As you said, "we got to you in the nick of time". A huge thank you Dr. Elam for my "Breast Reconstruction Makeover". Wow! You have made such a difference in my life. Not only do I have the most beautiful breast and radiant smile, but just as importantly, I am celebrating my new life filled with dignity and vitality. The best of the best skilled & caring Plastic Surgeon is what makes you , Dr. Elam stand above the rest! Please also express my thanks to your "going over and beyond" trained, caring, staff: Dr. Schwab, Shelley, Molly, Lupe, Chelsea, Doug and Theresa. They all created together a First Class Successful Plastic Surgery Experience for which I am so grateful. Warmly from my heart to yours, Barbara Hart
Posted by britehart
I was referred to Dr. Elam by a dear friend and knew of him by his sterling cosmetic surgery work and fine reputation. In two words..The Best! Dr.Elam though your practice is located in Newport Beach, where I reside, I would have travelled the World to find you! Your Artistic Eye-Skilled Hands-Advanced Techniques are unsurpassed in your field of Plastic/ Cosmetic Surgery. In addition, it takes an amazing first class staff to make this Cosmetic Surgery experience so pleasant & successful.. My heartfelt thanks to Shelley, Molly, Lupe, Chelsea, Doug & Theresa. Please also express my thanks to Dr. Schwab, Anesthesiologist, who created and administered the perfect "cocktail/general anesthetic where I didn't feel groggy when I woke up. What a nice relief that was. Most of all, thank you again Dr.Elam for the best "Gift" a Grandmother of 4 could hope for..a glowing face and new spring in my step! Your grateful patient, Barbara Hart
Posted by Gianina
Dr. Elam is the best he deserves a 5 star rating. I chose this Dr. because of my mom. I met Dr. Elam through my mom. My mom had her nose fixed many years ago by Dr. Elam and everyone who ever met my mom always says she has the "perfect nose". When my sister and I decided to get our noses fixed, there was only one doctor my mom trusted and new would do the best job. That doctor is Dr. Michael Elam. There staff is so kind, thoughtful and welcoming and not to mention gorgeous, we just knew we were going to be so happy with our results. Thank goodness my mom had the foresight to take us to Dr. Elam. It has changed our lives. The confidence it has afforded us is priceless. Thank you so much Dr. Elam, and your wonderful staff, we love you all.
Posted by denice dusablon
Family Friend. The office staff is very warm and friendly, and appoinments times are always running on time which is hard to say for most doctors offices. Thanks Dr. elam.
Posted by lgonzales1031
I have had several surjuries over th past 20 years with Dr. Elam. I traveled from Houston, Texas for my procedures. His staff and office are great.and caring for their patients.
Posted by RW0830
I was referred by another doctor, he said "...there is no one in the world that he would trust other than Dr. Elam. His breast implants are so natural you can't tell the difference between natural and implants...." I agree mine look and feel very natural. I flew across the country at the recommendation of another doctor who I trust. I am a nurse by training and wanted to see only the best and Dr. Elam is the best of the best. While in the waiting room and exam room for my first visit he was very busy. I could hear in the hallway patient after patient thanking him for his work (fixing other previous work done by other doctors) They were so incredibly happy. I had a consultation and he worked with me to discuss my goals (repair damage done over time, pregnancies, breastfeeding and weight loss, age related issues) He answered all my questions and was very patient kind and caring. Because of the distance I was traveling (from the East Coast) all procedures were done on the same day. When it came to size of my implants I left it to Dr. Elam as much as possible as he is does this everyday thousands of times over. I am a professional and said I wanted to be bigger but not crazy big and he used his experience and expertise and I am SO happy. I am very proportionate to my size and their shape is fantastic. He said “trust me when we are done you will be beautiful”… and he was right he made me beautiful…I hear it over and over. His whole staff were nothing but incredible. Shelley was AMAZING! There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how wonderful she is and the care she provided to me post surgery. Doug and Molly who I saw often were wonderful too. The care I received was first class at all times. The time care and compassion of these people can’t be matched. I healed quickly and upon return home it was amazing the response. I look at least 5-7 years younger (I am 41) I have received so many compliments and attention it is incredible. Simply amazing I can’t say it enough. I would do it all over again. I wish I had done it sooner. Wouldn’t change a thing and can’t wait to go back for my tummy tuck (four pregnancies have taken a toll on my tummy skin). Dr. Elam’s follow up is second to none. He calls, emails, communicates regularly. He has made himself available to see me when I am on the West Coast to track my progress. His team are among the most wonderful people. Incredible…. Simply stated they are the best of the best. There is NO other doctor I would rather see trust or consult than Dr. Elam.
Posted by lsuarez
Because Dr. Elam and his staff are the best! I have had several consultations prior to meeting Dr. Elam, and in meeting him I knew he would be the one to finally put a smile back on my face. I have been a patient since 2008 and I have no plans on continuing my services elsewhere. (lsuarez)
Posted by Arlongo
Because I couldn't give a 10 star rating. I chose this Dr. because I wanted the best doctor. My mom had her nose done by Dr. Elam several years ago and its beautiful. Ever since I can remember, everyone who meets my mom always says she has the "Perfect Nose". Well, one day my sister and I decided it was time to get out noses fixed and to see the best surgeon and that surgeon is Dr. Elam. His staff is not only gorgeous, no shock there, they are very caring and loving. They always make you feel at ease and comfortable. I am so thankful my mom had the foresight to take us to Dr. Elam. It was the best decision my sister and I have ever made. Now everyone we meet comments on us and says we have the "perfect noses". So glad we kept it in the family. We have since both had breast augmentations done by Dr. Elam and we are so happy and excited about our beautiful new look. If you want the best, you have to go to the best.
Posted by Jeenina
Dr. Michael Elam is the best. My face and the faces and bodies of family and friends are my proof. Check out his website. You can see for yourself. I have had several procedures done over the past years and have been more than just thrilled with my results. So thrilled, I have brought my children in and several other family members and friends to Dr. Elam for different procedures because I trust and value Dr. Elam's judgment and skill. Everyone I know who has gone to Dr. Elam have been so happy and they look amazing. Also,he has a loving and caring staff who make it so comfortable and welcoming you completely fall at peace when you are there. I recommend Dr. Elam to anyone who is even thinking about have any procedure done, even just botox. Dr. Elam's work speaks for itself. Check out his website. .
Posted by rita lane
I have been having elective surgeries with Dr. Michael Elam for the past 20 years. I would never think of going to anyone else. I am looking forward to knowing I will have the best care with Dr. Elam and staff.
Posted by laurie2012
I was referred by a close friend that had a successful breast augmentation done by Dr. Elam. Highly skilled doctors can give your face a tune up but a doctor that can do “tune ups” and “repairs” like Dr. Elam proves that he is the best of the best. I cannot end this review without complimenting his staff, which are very professional, and the facility is definitely high quality, clean.
Posted by Abbigail8937
Dr. Elam was fantastic in every way! i did a lot of research online and when i went in Dr. Elam offered upfront much information.
Posted by DDarelene
a very good friend recommended him, and all her good words were proven right! I was always insecure & self conscience of my bumpy big nose, until my good friend recommended Dr. Elam for a nose job, prior to her amazing experience with him, she admitted to me that day, of my non stop complaints, that her nose was done. I couldn't believe her nose looks SO NATURAL and PERFECT! So i went for it! My consultation went great, Dr. Elam was sooo nice and warm, he made me feel so comfortable. The office was house warming and welcoming. The whole office team is great, they treat you like family! After the procedure, my nose looked FABULOUS! I was obsessed! The Before & After pictures were too good to be true! I am so much happier with myself because of him, and send him a million thank you's!
Posted by California girly
A friend of mine referred me to him :) I will totally will have another procedure with dr. Elam, if i need one in the future..her staff is amazing, they totally made me feel at ease, thanks Molly and Lupe! The nurse, Dr.Shawb, Dough, thanks a lot!! I can now say that i cannot believe why i waited that long to have this done. I m extremely happy with the results!!
Posted by Ashley2740
If I could give more than 5 stars I would! I'm super happy with my results. I did tons of research to find the perfect doctor and went on consults with other doctors and no one compares to the experience, awesome personality, and perfect work of Dr. Elam. Thanks again for my amazingly cute nose, now I'm not the funny girl with the big nose, I'm funny and cute thanks to you!
Posted by olchick
For as long as I can remember I wanted to change the shape of my nose. It was one trait left to me by my biological father. So when I started looking around for a plastic surgeon, I was very excited about making the change, but also nervous about 'going under the knife'. I was looking for a Dr whom I could trust my face to 100% and know that the results will be exactly what I'm looking for. I went to a couple consultations, including Dr Elam. I must admit, it took me 2 years to finally decide on going through with the surgery because it would be my 1st surgery Ever - I was nervous. But I chose Dr Elam exactly for the reasons I listed above: I felt I could trust him & I knew he had years of experience doing rhynoplasties (as well as other plastic surgery procedures). He also was the 1st Dr who told me I had a Deviated Septum which could be fixed during the surgery. His team was also very helpful in every aspect of my surgery (Molly, Shelly, Dan). Dr Schwab (the anesthesiologist) was great! He & Dr Elam have been working together for over 30 years now, so I knew I was in good hands there. Nevertheless, I was very nervous going in, but after I layed on the operating table - the next thing I knew the nurse was telling me it was over! I cannot thank Dr Elam enough! I absolutely Love my new nose! Everyone compliments my new look already. & it's only been a month since my surgery! My recovery has been very smooth & quick. I would Definitely recommend him!! =)
Posted by suzannefazio
Dr. Elam and his staff deserve more stars than are allowed. They are always so professional and caring. Dr. Elam was referred to me by a very happy patient and I couldn't be happier. I carry his business cards and refer him to anyone interested in feeling better about themselves.
Posted by Kelly in the OC
I first read about Dr. Elam in Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. Then when I started to research on the highest rated plastic surgeons, I noticed his name kept on popping up. Then I found out he was one of the pioneers of liposuction. Dr. Elam was one of the first surgeons in the US to perform liposuction. His credentials are so impressive because he taught (and continues to educate) hundreds of surgeons on the surgical craft and artistry of liposuction. Also, he wrote the first physician's training textbook on the procedure. Dr. Elam has been featured in so many media outlets and has a seemingly cult following of celebrity clientele and stunning models. I also confided in a few of my friends that I was interested in getting plastic surgery. I found out two of my friends went to Dr. Elam for their (one had a nose job and the other had breast augmentation) surgeries. They both were in competitive professions that demanded physical beauty to be at an optimum. Overall, my experience was phenomenal. I am so grateful for the care, professionalism and the final results. I feel so confident, pretty and positive! Dr. Elam is the BEST!
Posted by OC nurse
I rate Dr. Elam five stars across the board. He has an amazing bedside manner. He answered all of my questions and spent a full hour discussing the details. He did an imaging computer photograph of me so I could see my results ahead of time and his staff is so kind and caring they'll make you feel at home.
Posted by OC native
My entire experience with Dr. Elam and his staff has been amazing. I had never had any kind of surgery and was very nervous, but Dr. Elam and his staff made me feel at ease. Dr. Elam was always willing to answer my questions and didn't mind when I called him with more questions. I had been debating having a septorhinoplasty and I prefered to pay out of pocket to have Dr. Elam as my surgeon than to go through my insurance. That's how confident I was that this was the right place for me. And I was right. I can breathe better and love my cute new nose. I had a chin augmentation too, which he recommended to balance my face and helped me understand why it was recommended. He always answered my questions and took my concerns seriously. I love my new look and improves breathing. My friends and family have all complimented me on my new look too! The staff is super friendly and caring. If I ever have another procedure done, I know where I'm going.
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Although the popularity of fat transplantation is a relatively recent development in plastic surgery, the concept of fat transfer is not new. As early as 1893, free fat auto grafts were used to fill a soft tissue defect. The use of autogenous abdominal fat to correct deficits in the malar area and chin was reported in 1909. Throughout the early part of the 20th century, attempts were made to correct other conditions, including hemi-facial atrophy and breast defects, but modern fat grafting...
The chin has a prominent role in establishing facial symmetry and aesthetics. With the nose, it can determine facial balance, especially through its relationship to the face in profile. Surgeons have recognized this for many years, and combination procedures involving rhinoplasty and genioplasty or chin augmentation are common. The chin defines the character of the face and, perhaps, the person; a long chin has been associated with strength and power, whereas a short chin portrays weakness...
Dr. Elam uses the new fractional CO2 Laser for skin resurfacing. Fractional skin resurfacing treatments help to reclaim your skin’s youthful texture and tone, leaving you with a lasting healthy glow. Fractional laser skin resurfacing is used to: Reduce lines and deep wrinkles on the face Tighten skin on the face and neck Improve skin tone around the eyelids, jowls and neck Rejuvenate sun-damaged skin and texture Dr. Elam works with his patient’s to...
The following information has been prepared to familiarize you with the procedure known as Dermal Filling. You should read this information thoroughly and to discuss any questions, which might arise with your surgeon before you proceed with the procedure. With time, exposure to the sun and other elements the skin components begin to break down. When the skin loses structure and volume unwelcome lines and wrinkles appear. Healthcare professionals can correct these wrinkles and...
Dr. Elam has thirty-five years of experience in revision rhinoplasty surgery. Like most Cosmetic Surgery procedures revision rhinoplasty is both a science and an art. Success in revision rhinoplasty requires years of accumulated knowledge and lots of experience and expertise. Revision rhinoplasty is typically performed for one of two reasons either the result is aesthetically undesirable to the patient or the patient has diminished nasal function. While some revisions are relatively...
Education / Training
General Surgery, Charity Hospital
Otolaryngolgy Head & Neck Surgery