If mommy's going in for a lil nip and tuck, there's no reason to hide it.

Or so believes, Michael Salzhauer, M.D. who wrote the new children's book on plastic surgery, My Beautiful Mommy! ($20) published by Big Tent Books.

The text is intended to help kids cope with their altered mama —whether she's two sizes smaller, invested in ballooned breasts or a different nose — in a nonthreatening way.

The story and coordinating illustrations walk wee ones through surgery and recovery.