Dr. Seuss has some new competition. Dr. Michael Salzhauer is a Florida plastic surgeon who has swapped his scalpel for a typewriter. His debut work, “My Beautiful Mommy,” attempts to educate the children of plastic surgery patients about tummy tucks, breast enhancements and nose jobs.

The story is told through the eyes of a little girl whose mother has a crooked nose and loose tummy. After mommy informs her that she won’t look the same after the operations, the little girl asks, “Why are you going to look different?” Mommy responds: “Not just different, my dear — prettier!”

The good doctor said that since so many moms brought their children to his office, he felt the need to provide a vehicle of explaining a mother’s desire for plastic surgery, recuperation and changed physical appearance.

“There are people who are going to read this and say ‘You’re indoctrinating kids and idealizing beauty.’ That’s not the intention of the book at all,” said Salzhauer.


USA Today:

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 a strapping and handsome “Dr. Michael.”

Mom explains she is going to have operations on her nose and tummy and may have to take it easy for a week or so. The girl asks if the operations will hurt, and mom replies, “Maybe a little,” warning she will look different after the bandages come off.

Read more


If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.