Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Dr. Michael V. Elam

Michael V. Elam, M.D. is a renowned cosmetic surgeon who has reshaped the faces and bodies of thousands of satisfied patients. Dr. Elam began his practice Newport Beach, California in 1986.

Dr. Elam graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in 1974 and completed his surgical trasining at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He has gained national attention through television appearances on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Merv Griffin Show,” “AM Los Angeles,” “20/20” and “The Wellness Hour.” Dr. Elam is well known for his many articles which have appeared in “Cosmopolitan,” “Harpers Bazaar,” ”Marie Claire,” “Orange County Health,” “People,” “Riviera,” “Redbook” and many more. Dr. Elam has been featured multiple times on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” providing surgical and non –surgical services to the housewives and their children. Dr. Elam has been awarded several compassionate doctor awards from Vitals.com throughout his career. He is also a top doctor on RealSelf with hundreds of five star patient reviews.

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Dr. Elam was one of the first physicians in the United States to perform Liposuction surgery and he co-authored one of the first medical textbooks written to educate physicians on the technique. Dr. Elam has trained hundreds of physicians how to perform Liposuction Surgery and he is the past president of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery. In the 80’s Dr. Elam helped transform Phyllis Diller’s face and the two worked together on the “Home Shopping Network” along with many of his other celebrity clients.

Dr. Elam is a noted lecturer and has helped educate cosmetic surgeons throughout the United States. Dr. Elam’s greatest thrill is the gratitude his patients express for helping them gain an improved quality of life by enhancing their self-esteem. His motto is “ I treat every patient the same as I would a family member.”

Dr. Elam’s surgery center is fully accredited by The Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ), a division of California Medical Association. The Institute for Medical Quality is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of care provided by surgery centers and hospitals. IMQ conducts an indebt review of all participating centers. Certification of operations is provided only to those centers that pass this evaluation. We are proud to be part of this process and have ONLY received the highest scores possible on our reviews.

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Fortier High School-New Orleans, LA 1966-Graduate

University of New Orleans chemistry Major 1967-1970
Degree: Bachelor(BS)

Louisiana State University medical School, New Orleans 1970-1974
Degree: Medical Doctor(MD)


Intership-Medicine Charity Hospital New Orleans, LA
June 1974-December 1974

Louisiana State Medical School Dept. of General Surgical
January 1975-December 1975


Louisiana State Medical School Dept. of Otolaryngology
January 1976-June 1979

Chief Resident-Otolaryngology
June 1978-June 1979

Certified American Board Otolaryngology
November 1979

Certified American Board Cosmetic Surgery
January 1981




Diplomat-American Board of Otolaryngology (1976-Current)

Diplomat-American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (1981-Current)

The American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (1981-1990) Associate Member

The American Society of Liposuction Surgery Founding Member Past President (1986-1988)

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery – Founding Member

Fellow International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (1985-Current)

Member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Editorial Board of the Journal of Cosmetic Surgery (1982-1990)

Editorial Director of Orange County’s Healthy Lifestyle Magazine