I specialize in rhinoplasty. It's the most common operation, probably my favorite operation to do. This being June, next week I'm doing like six rhinoplasties next Tuesday, most of them all new graduates. It's very common, especially between the transition from high school to university, people at that age, 18, 19, 20 years often being supported by their parents.

Although saying that, I commonly see the parents with the graduate, and I make it clear that I want to make to make sure that the graduate is doing this for themselves and this isn't a gift that the parents want. In fact, I try to get the graduate on the side and say, "Is this something that you want?" Because they'll be unhappy if it's not done for the proper psychological reasons.

In fact, the best patient is one that the graduate drags their parents in and the parents say, "I don't want this done, but she really wants it done," or "He really wants it done." And they're willing to pay for it as a gift. When it's the other way around, when the parents want it done but not the graduate, then that's not a good situation.

How Often Are Surgeries Such as Rhinoplasties GIven as Gifts?

Gifting surgeries is more common that you might think, explains Dr. Gregory Antoniak, but these gifts are only a good idea as long as they are given for the right reasons and to a willing recipient.