Kids to learn about boob jobs
But now it seems times have changed and new books for kids are starting to come onto the market.
US plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer has written a book for kids teaching them all about plastic surgery. Call me crazy, but I think they're too young...
Next month sees the release of his controversial new book My Beautiful Mommy - the first book to describe cosmetic surgery to children.
Salzhauer had the idea after seeing women bring their children with them to consultations.
He explains: "Parents tend to go into this denial thing. They just try to ignore the kids' questions completely. But kids fill in the blanks in their imagination. With the tummy tucks, mums can't lift anything. They're in bed. The kids have questions."
The book, aimed at kids under seven, features a superhero surgeon called Dr. Michael (wonder who that's based on?) and a girl whose mother gets a tummy tuck, nose job and breast implants.
Before she goes for the chop, the mum tells her daughter: "As I got older, my body stretched and I couldn't fit into my clothes anymore. Dr. Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better."
So how does that explain the boob job then, Mummy?
"I tried to skirt that issue in the text itself," says the doctor.
"The tummy lends itself to an easy explanation to the children: extra skin and can't fit into your clothes. The breasts might be a stretch for a six-year-old."
Nevertheless, the mum's boobs appear bigger and perkier in the helpful illustrations.
When it comes to the nose job, Mum reassures her little one that the new nose will look "different, my dear—prettier!".
After the operation, Mum emerges "even more beautiful" than before and they all live happily ever after presumably.