Monday, April 21, 2008

Plastic Surgery Explained--to a 4 year old

Long gone are the days when children's literature told stories of heroes, heroines, witches and villains. A new book, "My Beautiful Mommy" by Dr. Michael Salzhauer (a plastic surgeon) tells a tale of why mommy is getting a tummy tuck and a "prettier nose". The story is told from the point of view of a child and caters to the growing market of mothers in their 40's trying to look like their pre-pregnancy figures who don't want their young children to be frightened by their bandages and frequent doctor visits.

Although it does seem like a good idea to include your children in this decision, I'm a little skeptical on how this will play out on the self esteem of little boys and girls. As adults, would they constantly look at themselves in the mirror and see how they can look "prettier" if they got a little work done here and there?

As much as I am against plastic surgery, I'm just as much for freedom of choice and if some woman wants to get prodded and pocked to look like their 20 year old self again, then so be it. An easier alternative to such expensive surgery? First thing every morning & last thing every night, look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself with conviction- "I am bold, beautiful, and intelligent!" and see the magic work!!

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