Watch the opening scene in nip/tuck chapter 1.

Sean McNamara, the doctor, says: TELL ME WHAT YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF.

What is the intention/effect of this opening statement?
What is your reaction to this?

Pau Bosch:
I think that the only thing that this statement causes is insecurity. The doctor plays with his client self esteem to get benefits. I think that this is unclean and morally incorrect. He shouldn't act like this because what he is doing is just implanting his opinion into the other person. This leads the other person to follow his instructions without being conscious that him or her is manipulated. It's a pity that it works like this nowadays, but everything is a bussiness and the one who survives is the one who lies the most.
Well I have to say that I'm against aesthetic surgery, I think it just has to be reconstructive. The problem it has (for me) is that it's only a way of lying yourself, but you finally see what you have done and you regret, but you can't make the things come back to what they were.
So when this things are done you should think before, for a long time and act only if it's necessary, in case it isn't, you'll regret in the most cases.

CHAKIRA FARISS: The intention of this opening statement is to reach what the surgeon wants: have one more patient, or in other words, have more dollars in his pocket. When he ask this question, the patient will start to explain his insecurities, his imperfections, what he hates about himself. Then he will find to him the solution: the operation. The surgeon will tell him that he will be more comfortable and happy if he passes through the bistoury.

I think that surgeons only care about the business of plastic surgery, they just want to convince people that they can be perfect, and with that, they earn money.

If for example, a woman is not happy with some part of her body, and decides to do a surgery because it’s her choice, and because nobody has influenced her, she’s free to do what she wants. The problem is when people want to change to look like a famous person, or because of the beauty ideals of the society.

Heather Yépez:

In this sentence we see Dr. McNamara playing the psychologist card in order to build trust with the customer, with whom he shares interests only from a relative point of view: while both have the operation happening in the future as an objective, the finality of that event is radically different on each of the speakers’ mindset; while McNamara has an economic gain as a primary objective, money is rather a loss for the other, being the visual result of the surgery what the latter seeks. While this difference of interests might seem to lead to a moral incorrection, as Bosch pointed out, I’d rather say it’s some kind of symbiose: both participants of the conversation had clear objectives (for instance, the customer was already bearing insecurities in mind) before the very start of it and, therefore, it is their choice, consented by the other, to commit to them. That, in my opinion, makes it acceptable.

Ballu Touray:

The intention of this statement is absolutely negative. It effects are, for my point of view, two.

First, by pronuncing these words he is confirming that the person has imperfections. So, I agree with Pau Bosch that this statement causes insecurity so the doctor is playing with the client self-esteem. I think that is not good because the role of doctors is to guarantee the good life of the people and that includes taking care of the self-esteem of the pacient. In addition if was in the place of the model I would have said some things to the doctor to show him that he is not doing his work good.

Secondly, I think the hidden intention is the one that the doctor has: earn money and increase his businees. By asking what they hate about themselves he is trying to get more surgeries.That’s a example that shows the uly soul of this doctor and the selfishness and egocentrism he has.

Xavi Bech:
This statement, under my point of view, is a cause of hatred against one’s appearance. While a plastic surgeon asks you this question, all the words you are going to let out are just the reflection of your own hate about your appearance, and tell me, will those implants make you more pretty? Will them allow you to love yourself? My answer to those questions is no. You are not going to love your appearance, what you are going to love is what those implants have done to you and how they pacify your inner anger that beauty advertisments have fed with their psychological marketing.

Darío Sánchez:

Let's imagine that there is a God, with beard and bla bla bla, if he tells you that he will fulfill one of our wishes, you will say all that you ever wanted. When Dr.McNamara asks you that, it's a similar to the God example, cuz you know that he can make your wishes true, so you will say everything that you want to change. I think, maybe it works in other ways into different people, but I think that this should be the common way to react, but hey, I'm not a psychologist, I'm just argentinian.

Campio Gameiro:

The intention of this opening statment is to make the model think about if she is really beauty. She think because he wants an other patient, the doctor knows that women are more sensitive than men, he profit of that to make more plastic surgery and to be more rich. In my opinion I think that all they we are destroying our personality and our beauty, because when one person are confident and happy then the people see he or she with other eyes, you see an atractive person and he or she don't change his body, they only be happy with all what he likes.

MERITXELL JULIÀ:When the doctor says these things, he tries to get more clients, and he doesn’t care about the feelings of the people. But he really is making that these people get insecurities and problems about their self-bodies. Because the doctor asks people what things of their body they want to change, so he’s saying that the body is bad, and you have to fix it. And that’s a problem, because if you feel good with your body, that means that your body is good. Nobody can’t say that your body is bad, only you can say or decide it.
Ophélie G.

Anyone with knowledge about society knows that the intention of this doctor’s statement is to produce insecurity and to play with clients selves esteems to get benefits. All the while humans carry on to not believe in themselves; doctors will be abusing of it to gain more and more money. Therefore, I think the solution, for put an end to those manipulations, it is about a big step from clients; I mean, they shall start believing in themselves, as an essential thing for survive in our modern society; and I just would like, at last, to affirm that our beauty and singularity are in reality our imperfections, so stop to hide them!


Firstly, the intention of this statement is to make the person open up a little bit, this statement is quite strong because it attacks directly the insecurity of the client. The doctor in this case just wanted to know why the client was interested of doing a plastic surgery and he considered if there was a logical reason for doing the operation.

I think it’s something personal, some people want to do the plastic surgery operation because of medical reasons, like for example accidents but other people are spending huge amounts of money for insignificant reasons like for example women putting botox to remark some parts of their body.

In conclusion I respect everybody’s opinion but if there’s someone in need of it i think we have the moral obligation to help him.

Guillem Palomeras

This question is directed at Dorian Gray, with the intention of the doctor that he can see not everyone is perfect and surely and probably he has some prejudice with his body or his youth, and that he doesn’t criticize the reactions and the beauty of the people that surround his.
I think that Dorian Gray is a guy who hasn’t complex with his youth; he thinks that is superior in youth to all others, but when it became mad, he observed that he has flaws and he isn’t perfect. He saw that his face began to change and how vanishing his appreciated factions.
I think anyone should think it would be perfect, because nobody is perfect, we have to live with our innate factions.


I think the intention of this state is to make money; Sean and Christian are plastic surgeons and even though Christian is more worried about the money and Sean is more sensitive, they are working, so their main objective is to gain money. Plastic surgeons take advantage to the insecurities of people, it’s their business.

Despite that, I don’t think plastic surgery is such a bad thing; there are people who really need it, who had passed through an accident, for example, and their facial expression had changed (in a bad way). But, of course, there are also cases of men or women who want to look prettier, get bigger lips, a boobs job (in case of women), etc. So, even though I don’t like plastic surgery in those cases, they have their right to do whatever they want to themselves. You may say that when you have a plastic operation you kind of lie to yourself, because that’s not what you really look like. But maybe those people felt insecure the way they were before, you don’t know their reasons, so we can’t criticise them.

Therefore, even though I’m a person who thinks that our imperfections are a part of ourselves and they make us unique, we cannot criticise or judge one people who have had plastic surgery just to feel a little more prettier. Everyone can do what they want with their live.

Mar Oliva:
Sean uses this statement as a way to get more clients. This statement makes the people talk about their complexes and the things they don’t like about themselves, which makes them feel bad. That’s when the surgeons can start saying their convincing words, and show these people they have the solution to their problems and that they have the power to make them beautiful.
I think that the plastic surgry taking advantadge of people’s insecurities to make money is kind of cruel. What we should do is to try to make people accept the things they don’t like about themselves and live with them, instead of agreeing with them in the fact that they need to change them. Because, at the end, what makes people be themselves are their good and bad things.
But well, plastic surgery is a business, so its objective is to make money, without really caring if it’s good for the person or not.

In my opinion, if someone wants to have surgery to fix something of his or her body, it is totally fine and it’s his or her decision, as it actually happens in this part of the episode. But for example, I don’t like the behaviour Christian had with that blonde young girl. She hadn’t even thought about surgery, but he said things to her that made her feel insecure and feel the necessity of changing herself.

Àlex Cifuentes:
I think everybody have parts of themselves that they don’t like but it doesn’t means that they have to operate that parts of their bodies.
In that case the doctor is trying to show the girls that she has so much imperfections as she think, with the objective that she wants to operate her body.
I’m not agree with that because, first of all I don’t think it’s necessary to operate your body only for beauty reasons, but in case you would do that, it has to be yourself who decide it and not get influenced by anybody.

Guillem Segura
This question is directed at Dorian Gray, with the intention of the doctor that he can see not everyone is perfect and surely and probably he has some prejudice with his body or his youth, and that he doesn’t criticize the reactions and the beauty of the people that surround his.
I think that Dorian Gray is a guy who hasn’t complex with his youth; he thinks that is superior in youth to all others, but when it became mad, he observed that he has flaws and he isn’t perfect. He saw that his face began to change and how vanishing his appreciated factions.
I think anyone should think it would be perfect, because nobody is perfect, we have to live with our innate factions.

In my opinion, the intention of this oppening statment is to convince all that we are imperfects and we have to want to be perfect. Sean McNamara said that becouse he thinks that to be perfect means to have plastic surgery.
It hurts that people think this, everybody is perfect for somebody, you don’t have to be perfect for all people, but for yourself.
Nobody is perfect and all of we have irregulars things but this does not matter. You have to love yourself and be what you are and not build a person that you are not to pleasure another people.

Enric Navarra
I think the intention of the doctor is basically related to earn money and increase their business.
The doctor plays with the feelings of Sean McNamara and her moral status, because her relationship with her husband is bad. On this subject the problem is the woman tells her intimacies.
In my point of view I’m against plastic surgery because I think the beauty is inside, but first of all you have to love yourself.
My conclusion is that nobody is perfect and therefore we must respect.
Love is in the air and never give up because your love arrived late or early.


Starting from the base that doctor McNamara is a Plastic Surgeon, we can deduce that his finality is totally economical. When Doctor McNamara says "tell me what you don’t like about yourself.", I imagine the doctor in his office saying this sentence to one of his patients, the ones they want to be operated. The intention of this opening statement is basically to let the doctor know what is your esthetic problem and what he does to solve it. My opinion about this topic is that if it is not necessary to do it, do not do it, because it could be dangerous. Everybody has defects or things that we find ugly or something like that. The only utility or reason to practice esthetical operations is when a person has a deformity from birth or because of an accident.

Anna Cotcho

The doctor's intention is to make more money, to have more customers in your business. Therefore, he try to search for what things of their body they can to change and he makes the clients have insecurities and they don't feel beautiful. I believe that people should have more personality and not be influenced by anyone. Each person should know he wants to do with her body.

Alexander Fopma

What Sean is trying to do is to ensure that what his patient is doing is for good reasons, and that he will not regret it, so the first question he asks him is a question to show his insecurities from the start, so the patient can’t think about answer with a lie.

Sean has ethics, so he rather ensure his patients are sure and OK with what they are doing instead of earning easy and fast money, like Christian does. He also proposes to Christian to hire a psychologist to analize their patients.


About what Sean do I can see different possible intentions for his part, so I’m going to comment two of them.
It could be that Sean uses this statement as a strategy to get clients. When you ask this question you make the other thinks about his complexes and that makes the other feel insecure. And then, when the other feels insecure, is the moment of the doctor to say that, there, is the perfect place to make him feel better. But maybe he just asks that as an icebreaker, to start the conversations and to know in what he can help to make the other feel better.

My reaction would be weird as I wouldn’t change anything by surgery. As everybody, I have complex but I don’t think that surgery is the solution for them.

Judith CarpioThe intention of Sean McNamara drawing up this statement was find the beauty complex of patients. Currently, people had serious problems accepting their age or their imperfections. For these reasons they usually want to change their physical appearance for be pleased with themselves. The doctor asking that allow us to perceive the insecurities which most of us have and once or twice in a live we set out to changed. I strongly believe esthetic surgery appeared when women left the submission of the men, and became to be free and as a consequence of that people felt lack of themselves for be beloved. Actually, if I walk in the patient's shoes I’m sure I’ll consider myself as a people with a lot of defects because the act of bring up the sentence make me to undervalue my qualities.

What Sean McNamara try to do with this statement is to try make people think about themselves. Currently, people can find a lot of mistakes on their appearance, and probably if someone ask them about what they don’t like about themselves, they’ll no have problems to replay it. In contrast, if they draw up the same question but instead of saying“what you don’t like” they say “what do you like”, a lot of people will remain thinking for a couple of minutes. People can recognize their defects before their qualities, and this question is a clear example of it.

If someone asks me about what I don’t like about myself, I’ll have no doubts to replay it, but if they ask me the opposite question, it will be difficult to answer it because It’s hard to recognize our own virtues. That’s one of the problems of today’s society, and this bring us to make physical changes. Honestly I think that’s a effect of insecurity and self-consciousness and we need to try to change our thoughts of ourselves because the most important person who have to judge us is ourselves.

At first, I considered a common question taking in consideration what is the job of the main character about, which is plastic surgeon. But if you take a deep look it can shocks you because of the ease with how he asks this tricky question.
Maybe what he wants to produce in the client is a self-security that allows them to express with absolutely liberty and let the doctor knows what he has to modificate. This is how you can understand with a cool head.

But the dark side of the sentence is the low sensitivity that the doctor express. At first, you can blame him because of the work he does, but I think we should focus on the client, one who has choose the option to operate himself just because he doesn’t feel comfortable with what he is physically. He may rather make a self-reflection and work in how can he achieves a higher self-esteem.

This is the typical topical question that surrounds us in our daily lives, because it seems tha nowadays you have to dislike something of your pshysical appearence to be normal. Everyone dislikes something about themselves, right? And everyone tries to lock it away, protecting that insecurity from other people. But why? It just flesh, it will rot someday. No matter what you do. At the end of the day it's just marketing. People making money from other's people's insecurities. And by being so melodramatic and trying to cover up our imperfections, spending all the money that it takes, the only thing we're doing is keeping this bussiness afloat, and perpetuating this nonsense. C'mon. Let's just all be ugly and happy.Depending on your definition of happiness, of course.