You might have heard about the over the top American parents gifting a rhinoplasty to a daughter as a graduation present. Increasingly, there are also husbands who offer their wives a “Mummy Makeover” as a reward for having their children. Mmmmmm not really appropriate? For me, all I want for christmas is to look awesome.

So, how would you feel if someone offered you an aesthetic procedure or treatment as a gift? While this trend is increasing, the answer depends – on a lot of things. Dr George Marcells, FRACS, gives his take on the topic and in the lead up to Christmas we thought it was a very interesting subject for discussion!

Is giving surgery as a gift ok?

Firstly, surgery is as personal as it is serious. It is not something to be lightly considered and is absolutely a decision that the person having the surgery should be making themselves. Being forced into, or encouraged, to undergo any cosmetic or plastic surgery or treatment (such as a nose job) by anyone is definitely not ok. A husband making his wife get a facelift or he’ll divorce her should be divorced. But what if the person receiving the gift has been wanting the procedure or treatment for a long time, and the person giving the gift is doing it out of love?

So, is it okay in particular circumstances? Say, for example, a husband knows his wife has been researching and looking into having Dr Marcells’ deep plane facelift to give herself the boost she’s been looking for, for years. The husband arranges payment and tells his wife it’s a Christmas gift. She’s thrilled and super excited, not just about the procedure she’s wanted for years, but especially because she has such a supportive husband. The husband is happy, his wife is happy; everyone’s happy.

Dr George Marcells

Dr George Marcells

Dr Marcells says, “People like to look good. A lot of the simpler things that are quick and easy to do are very popular, so Anti-wrinkle injections is a common one.” Dr Marcells says the other popular surgeries and procedures include:

  • Fillers
  • Micropeels
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Deep Plane Face Lift (read more about Dr Marcells’ world renowned facelift technique giving completely natural looking results)
  • Liposuction

Christmas seems to be the busiest and most popular time of the year

Dr Marcells says the various cosmetic and plastic surgery television shows on today have increased the popularity of procedures and treatments, and have made it a more accepted and common part of today’s culture. “It’s certainly driven the market incredibly. People are seeing that just normal looking people can have things done and get good results.”

Dr Marcells goes on to say that Christmas time is their most popular time of the year because most people have time off over Christmas and it’s convenient for someone to get surgery and come back looking “refreshed”. Also, because of the ability for these procedures and treatments to provide a more natural looking result (instead of the “old” days of plastic surgery where you knew exactly who’d had it due to the “pulled” look they had), people can come back after their Christmas break looking five or ten years younger but it’s not obvious they’ve had anything “done”.

The really important thing is that the person undergoing the procedure has done their research. If you are having any surgery, as the person having the surgery you have to ultimately be the one making the final decision and know exactly what you’re getting done. You also have to make sure it’s what YOU want. Not what anyone else wants.

Having said all of that, if you’re having your surgery or procedures or treatments done this Christmas, we wish you all the best! We’d love to hear your story – drop us a line to if during your Christmas break, you have surgery or treatments!

If you’d like more information about the hugely talented Dr Marcells, check him out on PSH or give his office a call on 1300 555 095 to arrange a consult.


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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