Concerned about how to discuss your tummy tuck, nose job, or breast implants with your son? Apparently you’re not alone. A plastic surgeon in Florida thought it would be cute to publish a book on how to discuss cosmetic surgery with kids. This self-published gem, My Beautiful Mommy, apparently caught the attention of Newsweek who, by some act of God, actually featured it. All of the requisite concerned experts are quoted to make the whole thing actually seem legitimate. Somebody pinch me.
Perhaps I’m alone on this but as a professional charged with the welfare of children, I find the whole matter disturbing. While plastic and reconstructive surgery can do a great service, the suggestion that we openly discuss it with school-aged children is an abomination. To confront your own vanity is one thing. Confronting your vanity with a soul too young to recognize any part of it is quite another.
Here’s one pediatrician’s advice: Keep your implants to yourself. Should your children ever reach the point where they need guidance on issues of bodily enhancement, you can chime in. At that time your child will likely be better prepared to understand why and how of your decision.