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
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 TiannaM
I had a breast augmentation by Dr E and I love my natural results. Great staff, love the result, very professional, would highly recommend!
Posted by Newport Beach9535
Dr. E is a genius as a plastic surgeon. He not only took away the sagging skin and horrible c-section scar, but glattened my stomach leaving virtually no scar.
Posted by CostaMesa
Procedure well explained, results great, bedside manner was great, office staff very professional and friendly. Have had many compliments on results and inquiries for referral.
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 Irvine4528
My overall experience in Dr. E's office was outstanding. From the minute I walked in, the office staff was very helpful and nice and Dr. E was extremely personable. Dr. E's recommendations made sense to me and made me feel comfortable.
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 Beach6580
Did an amazing job with my brow lift and fat transfer!
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 Ms. Heather
Dr E and the whole staff are outstanding!
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 Kayana
Dr. Elam and his staff have been amazing. My experience so far has been absolutely perfect.
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 happy C
Posted by Pt of Dr. Elam
I can't thank Dr. Elam enough for his work on my face. I'm a 29yr old male in good physical shape; however, I have always had a 'pouch' of fat underneath my jawline-most likely due to genetics. He improved my side profile in a way that I didn't think was possible. I'm so grateful my dermatologist (Dr. Dore Gilbert) referred me to him. If you are thinking about getting liposuction done, I highly suggest you at the very least meet with him for a consultation. He is the first plastic surgeon that I have met that acted like a doctor and not a salesman; I'm in the medical industry so I meet many physicians on a day to day basis. Additionally, he undersold himself on what he would be able to do and over delivered. Dr. Elam- thank you for taking my case and for your perfect work!
Posted by nickoletta
Posted by Mistygirl
An artisit and really cares about you!! Perfect ps!!!
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 CCaton
A friend of mine that had had a tummy tuck from DrElam
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.
Treatments offered by Michael Elam, MD
Blog Posts and Articles
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