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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

Consultation 10-14. Booked Surgery 10-28 . My nose was very crooked it (deviated septum) large nostrils and small chin. When to my consultation and he was very informative. I didn't have a nose pic for him to see what I desire. I believe every face it's different and no 2 noses can be exact same. Only thing I told him , just fix my breathing issues and how crooked it was. I said you are the...

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

Having found my doctor on RealSelf, I thought it’d be appropriate to write a review for potential patients and others alike. I’ve been self-conscious about my nose for around 2 years. It wasn’t until a friend mentioned the bump on my nose after a picture we took (above), when I started paying any attention to the overall shape. Now, 2 years older, and a college student in a social frate...

5 out of 5 stars Chin Implant

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

Where do I start... Well I got my chin augmentation and buccal fat removed by Dr. Elam. I've been looking to encance my chin for so time now and after doing my research for a year, I narrowed it down to the top 4 rated Drs. In Newport Beach. After going into couple of consultations with different doctors and coming out with disappointments. I was beginning to worry, I wasn't going to find...

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

I've always wanted a chiseled look and thought cheekbone implants would be the route to take. I've gotten sick of contouring and highlighting every day and the Radiesse injections (which I love the results) every 6 months was starting to add up financially. After months of researching, I couldn't find much information on male cheekbone implants and it was only getting frustrating. I went back...

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...

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology

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RealSelf Top Doctor

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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

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

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

I want to cancel my rhinoplasty but my doctor's policy says I cannot get a refund. What can I do?

Dear vanessaxvanity, In my office I simply charge the patient the small percentage that was taken out approximately 3.0% if they paid by credit card... READ MORE

Lost weight - skin isn't rebounding. Daughter passed away & the sadness has aged me more. I don't want to feel old & ugly.

Your bakedfish, First and foremost I want to tell you that I am so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine the loss of a child and how the constant... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Elam

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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

Revision Septorhinoplasty Results

Dr. Michael Elam performed a revision rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty combination procedure on this woman. He removes the splint from her nose for the first time since surgery and shares her results in this video. WATCH VIDEO

Septorhinoplasty Results Before & After Surgery

Dr. Michael Elam performed a revision rhinoplasty and septoplasty combination procedure on this man. He removes the splint from his nose for the first time since surgery and sees his results. WATCH VIDEO

This Woman Finally Sees Her Septorhinoplasty Results

Dr. Michael Elam performed a septorhinoplasty on this young woman. This video shows her unveiling her nose one week post-operation with before and after comparisons. WATCH VIDEO

Nose Hump Correction: See Her Before & After

Dr. Michael Elam performed a rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty on this young woman. Here he reveals her nose after surgery and shares the before and after images. WATCH VIDEO

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