Mom's having tummy tuck? What to tell the kids
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mom's getting a tummy tuck and a new nose. But how does she tell her kids?
A Florida plastic surgeon has written the first known picture book aimed at 4-7 year-olds that seeks to reassure them about mom going under the knife.
But the book, "My Beautiful Mommy," has stirred up a hornet's nest among feminists and even some cosmetic surgeons who feel it may undermine the self-esteem of the very young.
Dr Michael Salzhauer, a father of four, said he wrote the book because many of his patients are having "mommy makeovers" to fix saggy breasts and slack tummies a few years after childbirth and were concerned about what to tell their kids.
"It sounds like a joke but there really is a need to address this issue," Salzhauer told Reuters. "It is for the mom who has already booked her plastic surgery and now has to tell her kids, why she is going to be in bed, why daddy is picking the kids up from school and all those other issues."
"Hundreds of thousands of women have this operation in the United States. This is for a specific consumer at a specific time in their life that is going to turn their household upside down for a couple of weeks."
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1.8 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2007 -- most of them breast augmentations and liposuction.
Salzhauer said feedback to the book from his own patients has been very positive. But some of the explanations from the attractive, cartoon-style mom in the book have sparked a furious online debate. Continued...