New York, NY- Young children are naturally curious - they're full of questions and excited to learn about the world they live in. However, as times change, children's curiosities have addressed more complex and sensitive issues, often at younger ages. In today's American culture, more than ever, answers can increasingly be found in children's books. Everything from divorce and global warming to potty habits and how to deal with a death in the family, children's books have tackled it all. Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a Miami board-certified plastic surgeon and father of four, has taken the reins on a very hot topic and wrote "My Beautiful Mommy," the first ever children's book that addresses plastic surgery.
"From television to magazines, we are exposed to plastic surgery," says Dr. Salzhauer, "it has become an everyday circumstance, especially for children. From their favorite movie star or singer who suddenly looks different, or their own parents, plastic surgery is an issue that needs to be explained to kids in an educational way."
Dr. Salzhauer was inspired to write "My Beautiful Mommy" after his four-year-old daughter bombarded him with questions regarding his own nose job. He also noticed that many of his clients came into his office with inquisitive kids in tow - and mothers not knowing how to handle their questions appropriately. "I know how scary and intimidating a doctor's office can be for most children," says Dr. Salzhauer. "Kids tend to fill in the blanks in their imagination when they see mommy in bandages and they often feel sad, hurt and confused as to what happened. This book is meant to be a guide for parents who have already decided to undergo plastic surgery; and help explain to their children why mommy looks different." Dr. Salzhauer recognizes the controversial element of his book. "This book is not promoting plastic surgery. As I have taught my own children, beauty has many definitions - it is not only a physical entity."
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2007, one third of the 348,000 breast augmentations and 148,000 tummy tucks were "mommy makeovers," or surgeries designed for women seeking to restore sagging body parts due to aging or pregnancy weight gain. "Plastic surgery among women, especially mothers post-pregnancy, is very popular and becoming a common reality. Cosmetic surgery can be a difficult topic to understand for adults; and even more so for young children. I wanted to provide my patients and other parents with a tool that speaks to kids in a kid-friendly way."
About "My Beautiful Mommy" "My Beautiful Mommy" by Michael Salzhauer, M.D. is available for purchase at Amazon.com and www.mybeautifulmommy.com for $19.95. A book summary and a complete bio of the author are also available at the My Beautiful Mommy Web site. The book is published by Big Tent Books.
About Dr. Michael Salzhauer Miami board-certified plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer, MD, has extensive experience with procedures such as liposuction, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, brow lift, face lift, nose improvement surgery, ear reshaping, laser eyelid rejuvenation surgery, neck lift, plastic surgery for men, abdominoplasty, lip enhancement, BOTOX injections, and other wrinkle treatments. He maintains a high level of surgical activity to enhance his expertise, averaging 500 operative procedures per year since 2000.Dr. Michael Salzhauer was educated at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and he was trained in the latest plastic surgery techniques while serving on the staff of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach; the University of Miami Medical Center; and the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
To learn more about the "My Beautiful Mommy" book or to speak with Dr. Michael Salzhauer, please contact Christina Halper at KMR Communications 212-213-6444