- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2008

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Divorce. Bullies. Foster care. There are books for children on just about every tough subject these days. But mommy’s plastic surgery?

A Florida plastic surgeon has written about just that in “My Beautiful Mommy,” a picture book due out April 28 that tries to calm the fears of kids with parents getting tummy tucks, breast-enhancement procedures and nose jobs.

Dr. Michael Salzhauer said so many moms brought kids to their appointments that he was motivated to stock up on lollipops in his Bal Harbour, Fla., office. In “My Beautiful Mommy,” he explains mommy’s recuperation, changing look and desire for plastic surgery.

“Many parents don’t explain to their kids what’s going on,” said the father of four, with his fifth child on the way. “Children are very perceptive. You can’t hide a major surgery from them. When mom goes down for two weeks after a tummy tuck it affects them.”

Illustrations show a crook-nosed mom with loose tummy skin under her half shirt picking up her young daughter early from school one day and taking her to see a strapping and handsome “Dr. Michael.”

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