Kids' Book About Tummy Tucks, Nose Jobs

"I tried to avoid any graphic medical details because they'd go over the child's head and I think it's unnecessary," said Salzhauer of his whimsically written book, set to hit bookstores on Mother's Day. "She does get a boob job, I skirt that issue because I think that's the parents' choice whether they want to address that particular part of the operation with their children."

Book Fills Void in Cosmetic Surgery Lit

Dr. Richard D'Amico, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, told that while some may find the message offensive, he thinks the book's text is quite realistic.

"More and more women when they're done having kids are saying, 'Hey wait a minute, I'm dieting and exercising but there are some things I can't do myself,'" said D'Amico. "I think the book [sends the message] that the surgeon is going to help mommy with some things she can't do alone."

However, D'Amico said the illustrations are definitely not ideal and may be more offensive than the plot line itself.

"I understand they are cartoon figures, but I thought that the mommy's breasts were just a little too big and she was a little too stylized," said D'Amico of the book's lead character, who wears belly-shirts and tight-fitting pants. "I would have liked it much better if mommy looked like a real person."

Does Book Glorify Surgery or Teach Lesson?

Not everyone is ready to recommend this book to their patients. Craniofacial specialist and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Pete Costantino told that he doesn't think cosmetic surgery is a child-friendly topic.

"Children are still in the process of developing concepts of self-image and beauty and ugliness and so forth," said Costantino. "They're in a formative phase, and I don't think it's valuable to children to push aesthetic surgery in their face."

"It's something that is an adult decision and should be dealt with as such," Costantino added. "There is no great motivator for kids to know about this."

Image expert and psychologist Debbie Then told that the book "mortified" her and could be potentially harmful to children.

"The whole idea of this book falls into the category of 'too much information for a child to comprehend,'" she said. "There is a concern that if we focus the attention of young children on this topic, we will encourage very young girls to start obsessing about their looks at an even earlier age than they already do."

"Beauty obsession is a societal problem, and as such, a tormenting topic for women of all ages," added Then. "So let the youngest members of our society read books about all sorts of topics, but please, not about mom's new boobs."

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