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5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

I had an amazing rhinoplasty experience and you will too if you choose Dr. Elam as your surgeon

If you have been thinking about getting your nose done, I am telling you right now to get it done with Dr. Elam. I was recently in your position reading hundreds of reviews about who to get a rhinoplasty with and I could not be happier with my decision. After reading all of these great reviews, I decided to get a consultation with Dr. Elam. During this time, he looked at my nose and with such...

5 out of 5 stars Septoplasty

Septorhinoplasty and Chin Implant. Dr. Michael Elam Newport Beach

He is Dr. Nose.. love my results!!

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Outstanding Surgeon and medical staff!

So incredibly happy with my results from Dr. Michael Elam! I knew for many years that I wanted to fix my nose and I finally did my research and made the leap. I couldn't be any happier and look forward to continue to see changes over the next year! P.S. If you're seriously considering, go see him and his staff. By far the most caring team and Dr. Elam gives the best hugs! I can never say thank...

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty review for Dr. Michael Elam

I could not be more pleased with my entire experience working with Dr. Elam and his wonderful team... most importantly, the amazing results! My only regret now is not having the procedure done sooner. I'm an athletic male in my mid 30's and I had broken my nose twice in my earlier years which left with me with a mild but noticeable crook on the bridge of my nose and a slightly bulbous tip....

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

20M - Septorhionplasty. Newport Beach, CA

Dr. Elam's team is incredible. Every team member is nice, informative, professional and extremely caring. I could not have chosen a better doctor and staff to facilitate my surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Chin Implant

Chin Implant and Buccal Fat! Best Doc in NB!! - Newport Beach, CA

The best doctor and staff! You will love his team, they follow up and make sure you are all set for the day before and after surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Septorhinoplasty Turned into Perfection! - Newport Beach, CA

Where do I even begin.. Dr. Elam and his entire staff are kind, knowledgeable, and go above and beyond with their customer service. I originally inquired about a Rhinoplasty in 2011 when I was 23 years old, but at the time, I wasn't ready to go through with surgery. In 2015, and now 27 I was more than ready. My consultation was in June 2015, in which they still had my original records from the...

5 out of 5 stars Buccal Fat Removal

No More Contouring my Cheekbones - Newport Beach, CA

Dr. Elam is amazing, he has great vision and is able to help you achieve your goals with realistic expectations. He and his staff will do anything to make the process easy and comfortable. They were able to work around my school and work schedule as they have before for a past procedure. I feel like I'm walking into a friend's home when I walk into his office and have treated them with cupcakes for how kind they are. Working as a makeup artist, I've recommended many clients to him and have met many clients that have already heard of him! I'm so grateful to have a gifted man work on me!

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

25 Year Old Always Wanted a Nose Job. Wish I Would of Done This Sooner !!!

Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted a nose job and dreamed of having a pretty profile . Wanting a nose job was one thing , but actually going through with it was another . I finally got tired of dreaming for this to happen. This was my chance to save up and go through with the procedure . I found Dr.Elam on real self and read nothing but great reviews . I finally scheduled a...

5 out of 5 stars Buccal Fat Removal

The Experience with Dr. Michael V. Elam Has Been Nothing but Excellent - the Doctor, the Staff and the Results - Newport Beach

From the moment I walked into the door I felt very welcome and comfortable by the whole staff at Dr. Michael V. Elam. After meeting with Dr. Michael V. Elam and staff I knew I was at the right plastic surgery center in Orange County. I felt extremely confident and comfortable with making the choice to continue with my surgeries at Dr. Elam office (Buccal Fat Removal, Thighs Libo, and Brow...

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology

Awards & Recognition

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Dr. Elam has hospital affiliations at Newport Center Outpatient Surgical Facilities.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, Louisiana State University Medical School
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Medicine Charity Hospital
    General Surgery, Charity Hospital
    Otolaryngolgy Head & Neck Surgery

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Fat Transfer in Cosmetic Surgery

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...

Chin Implant or Chin Augmentation

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...

Laser Skin Resurfacing

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...

Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus

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...

The Revision Rhinoplasty

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...

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is it possible to have my husband break my nose than go to the hospital and have them set it straight? (photo)

Dear gingerwhore, As a gentlemen I was raised to learn "if you do not have anything nice to say do not say anything at all." As a surgeon we are... READ MORE

What Makes Lifestyle Lift Different Than Other Facelifts?

This is a good question and one that floods my telephone lines daily. In my opinion a Llifestyle Lift is a modified limited incision Facelift.... READ MORE

I don't like my profile. Especially when I smile. What are my options? (Photo)

Dear tjaimes, Rhinoplasty can be performed to help reduce the dorsal hump and bring a better balance to your profile. You have a slightly weak chin... READ MORE

Does Hyaluronidase Remove the Original Collagen in the Under Eye Area if Used to Dissolve Juverderm?

Hyaluronidase will only target the hyaluronic acid and not the collagen. You will not see any side effect of volume loss or atrophy. Best regards! READ MORE

Nose is Too Upturned/REALLY Swollen After Rhinoplasty

First of all I am sorry that you are so depressed and I hope this helps put your mind at ease for now. You are relatively early in the post surgical... READ MORE

My 85 Year Old Mother Wants a Lifestyle Lift: She Has Very Thin Skin - Should She?

Age is not the only factor involved in deciding upon surgery first and foremost is her health. She would need full clearance from her physician as... READ MORE

When Did Swelling Go Down After Your Rhinoplasty Surgery?

The saying "patience is a virtue" could not be more true then in this instance. Two weeks is extremely premature to determine any post operative... READ MORE

What's the Difference Between a Lower Facelift and a SMAS Facelift?

There are many different types of Facelifts and it is confusing. Between Internet technology and different buzz words it is often difficult to... READ MORE

What is the Difference Between a Lifestyle Lift and a Mini Lift?

A Lifestyle Lift is essentially the same type of procedure as a mini lift. There are many terms to describe facial lifting procedures such as a... READ MORE

Three years ago I had successful upper eyelid surgery. Now my upper lids are droopy again. What options do I have?

Dear Michelle alaoule,  I see you are from Colorado Springs and just wanted to tell you what a lovely area that is. My daughter has moved to the area ... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Elam

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Rhinoplasty & Septorhinoplasty Reveal

See a patient's reaction and results 11 days after ethnic rhinoplasty, rhinoplasty & septorhinoplasty performed by Dr. Michael Elam. WATCH VIDEO

Facial Contouring and Balancing Treatment Options

Dr. Michael Elam performed Facial Contouring complete with: Septorhinoplasty, Buccal Fat Removal. and Submental Cervical Liposuction. WATCH VIDEO

Curing Breathing Issues After a Broken Nose with Rhinoplasty

Dr. Michael Elam addressed this young man's breathing and aesthetic concerns after he had broken his nose. See the stunning transformation and explanation in this video! WATCH VIDEO

Facial Rejuvenation Before and After Results

Dr. Michael Elam shows the results of an Endoscopic Brow Lift, Mid-Face Suspension and Revision Rhinoplasty that he performed. WATCH VIDEO

Septorhinoplasty Results After 1 Week

Dr. Michael Elam performed a septorhinoplasty procedure on this woman. See her initial reaction and post-op images in this video. WATCH VIDEO

Septorhinoplasty Results Before and After

Dr. Michael Elam performed a septorhinoplasty procedure on this patient. See this man's initial reaction and post-op images in the video. WATCH VIDEO

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