* ArtisticLicenseBiology: A woman has lost both legs to diabetes, yet still drinks "a 12-pack every night." Riiiight.
** They seem pretty loose with prescriptions, as well. No emergency room in the world (see Season 6, episode 2) just hands out Oxy.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Many of the surgery scenes have a great soundtrack, varying from classic rock to classical/opera.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming : At the end of the Season 2 premiere, after many hijinks (screwing the nanny, fighting with Gina, etc.), Christian celebrates his 40th birthday with his baby boy. He makes a wish: to be a good father. It's the first time in the series he's done something unselfish.
** Liz talking the patient through masturbation after clitoris restruction surgery.
** Troy and Mrs. Grubman's private interactions. First when she tries to blackmail him into sleeping with her, and talks about her husband. Then in Season 2, after [[spoiler: Mrs. Grubman has a stroke on the table and she's paralyzed]], Troy helps her put on makeup and they talk about their kids.
** When Wilbur comes back to Christian and calls him "Daddy" for the first time.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The show is full of dysfunctional, rather unsympathetic characters who grow more and more dysfunctional and unsympathetic as they (poorly) navigate a seemingly endless series of increasingly improbable, horribly disturbing situations.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Your wife had a one-night stand because you were neglecting her and she has already regretted it? Leave her for a slut and shove that in her face. Now you are egal. (Sean, the Santa)
* FauxSymbolism: [[http://www.aoltv.com/2009/12/17/review-nip-tuck-wesley-clovis-season-finale AOL TV]] says that by the Season 6 finale[[note]]actually the finale of the first half of the sixth and final season[[/note]] episode's end, [[spoiler:"watching Wesley [Clovis] die from lethal injection brought forth all sorts of metaphors, the most obvious of which being Jesus. Wesley lay there, arms outstretched on the cross-shaped surgical table, bloodied from the staples in his stomach (his own crown of thorns), an innocent man, slowly dying for someone else's sins", and that includes the sins of Matt, Sean, Christian, the murder victim's father, the courts, and "the guy who actually perpetrated the crime Wesley was accused of."]] Not to mention the fact that [[spoiler:Matt's denial of Wesley's innocence at the last moment in exchange for his own freedom could be relevant to St. Peter's denial of Jesus for the safety of his own life]].
* FridgeLogic: If Gina Russo was the one who was vandalizing Christianís propert who destroyed his car the first time before he met her.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In the Season two finale Gina, [[spoiler: who's had her face sliced up by The Carver]], jokingly tells Sean and Christine before surgery, "I don't wanna look like the Joker."
* HarsherInHindsight: Nanette Babcock wants a bypass surgery to lose weight, but Christian tells her it would be too dangerous. In response she says "I hope you get cancer".
** Joan Rivers' appearance in season 2. First, she says "Imagine what I'll look like when I'm 90." Then she books an unscheduled operation to "kill a little time." She died during an operation.
* {{Headscratchers}}: They're doctors. Why, when Julia got mysteriously ill, did they not do blood toxicology tests? Often illnesses can be attributed to environmental toxins (mould, etc.), can't they?
* HollywoodHomely/HollywoodPudgy : Many of the patients are attractive by average standards, but are hideous by TV standards, especially In-Universe. (such as season 3's "Flabby Abby.")
* HoYay: To the point that season four made an entire plotline out of Christian wondering if he was attracted to Sean.
* InformedWrongness: Erica (Julia's mother), is treated as venomous bitchy Mother-In-Law character in nearly all of her appearances, and is wailed on for aggravating Julia's sense of insecurity. The problem is, in most of her appearances, Erika is trying to get Julia to stand up for herself and be proactive instead of wallowing in a giant pool of {{Wangst}} over how unsatisfied she is with her life. Sure, she's a bitch, but a comparatively minor one considering Julia's husband regularly engages in in-your-face cheating as petty revenge. It's difficult to see her as a bad person for saying Julia wasted her life by not becoming a doctor when Julia herself ''feels the exact same way''.
** Maybe that's it. She wouldn't have to constantly ''remind'' her of her own insecurities.
* ManipulativeBastard: Matt when Julia got pregnant in the first season played his parents off of each other using PassiveAggressiveKombat. Calling his mother out for having another baby she didnít want while guilt tripping her for it. However after the miscarriage he did the same thing his father telling him that he was sad that he didnít get a brother.
* MoralEventHorizon: Gina holding the health of her child hostage for a more expensive Burberry
* NightmareFuel: Every single scene with the Carver.
** There's also the way Colleen Rose killed a rival talent agent. [[spoiler:She jammed the hose for a teddy bear-stuffing machine down his throat and flicked it on, then finished her new creation by [[EyeScream pinning two button eyes onto his]].]]
** In one episode, the patient is conscious during her surgery, can feel all of the pain, and screams and begs for the doctors to stop in voiceover.
* PlayingAgainstType: Karen Maruyama, who plays Madam Rose in a season 2 episode, is known for comedic roles and her improv work.
* TheScrappy: Gina. GINA
* SeasonalRot: The majority of the fanbase believes season 3 was trash, whether or not it ever recovered for any period of time after that is up to debate.
* {{Squick}}: What the show is built on. Plastic surgery is inherently kind of squicky, but this show manages to gross you out every episode. An recent example from the fifth season was a rejected client carrying out a DIY mastectomy with a motorized knife in the middle of a waiting room.
** UnsettlingGenderReveal: Along with the reveal of the Carver...
** Let alone clients including:
*** An older gay man who has his boytoy go under the knife to make him look more like himself as a young man.
*** {{TruthinTelevision}} The pianist Liberace had this done to a young lover.
*** A broker has his adopted son go under the knife to give them more of a family resemblance. Seems harmless enough, right? Then you learn he did it because his clients wanted the two to look more alike because [[spoiler:seeing a man sodomize his biological son is more exciting than seeing a man sodomize his adopted son]].
*** A lottery winner wants a list of surgeries done on herself and her daughter and husband. Including breast implants on her daughter and a penis extension on her husband. Later shocked when step-father and step-daughter try their new gifts out on each other...
*** A woman wants to look more cat like, including spots... (like several cases in the show, TruthInTelevision)
*** A boy who wants a moustache implant so people will stop thinking the [[HotForStudent relationship he is having with his teacher]] is weird looking. [[spoiler: She dumps him for his younger brother.]]
** A mild example: when Annie catches lice at school, her grandmother greets her with a big hug and rubs her head against her. If you've ever had lice, you'll itch all the way through it.
** The "secret ingredient" in Julia/Gina/Liz' special cream.
* TearJerker: The [[spoiler: death of Megan O'Hara]] in season one. Don't you dare say that you didn't become teary-eyed when this happened. The lighting, the tears in Sean's eyes, ''Rocketman'' playing in the background...
--> Goodbye, Scarecrow. I'm gonna miss you most of all...Remember the beginning and middle of me with you, not the end.
** In Season 2, when Troy helplessly looks on as [[spoiler: Wilbur's biological father takes him away]].
** Also in Season 6, [[spoiler: the execution of Wesley Clovis in spite of his innocence that was denied and ignored by the courts and by the murder victim's father who only wants vengeance in the form of "justice" satisfied]]. Nothing gets this one sadder than this, with the sad music playing in the background.
* TooDumbToLive: Matt attempting to perform his own circumcision
** Matt in general
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: When Mattís girlfriend Vanessa broke down crying upon finding out that the woman she was in love with liked Matt it was supposed to be seen as a huge tearjerker moment. However while she didnít make Matt try an cut off his penisís foreskin she was the one who pushed a physical relationship only to back off. While it was because she was gay she made it seem like it was because he wasnít circumcised which devastated him upon finding out. Later she used his feeling for her to manipulate him into a threesome between her and her girlfriend who she was afraid missed men. So Matt and her girlfriend getting together come across more as a ManipulativeBitch getting her LaserGuidedKarma.
** Pretty much everyone in the series
* WhatAnIdiot: The case of the patient with a Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, who has chewn his own lips down. The disorder isn't treated, a plastic surgery is [[SarcasmMode more important]], with a result which probably will last as long as he wakes up and becomes motile. But he must be supported for the touching speech he held to Sean and Christian.
* TheWoobie : Poor Miss Gaines.
----