Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don’t have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful, and genuinely useful. I like my friend Melissa Schmallenberger’s advice for gifts: Get something consumable or go with an experience. I’ve got several suggestions for you. For…

Why Taking a “Screencation” is Better Than a Vacation.

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Researchers say that most Americans spend 70% of their waking hours staring at some sort of digital screen. (I’ve seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90%.) First thing in the morning, all day long at the office, waiting in line at the grocery store, even in the bathroom stall, (come on, admit…

SUPERCHARGE YOUR BRAIN: 3 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Focus and Concentration

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Researchers have found that the average person’s attention was 12 seconds in 2000, but it’s just 8 seconds today. The average goldfish: 9 seconds. Wow. Human beings are officially less focused than those tiny fish you carry home in a plastic bag from the carnival. I don’t need to convince you that our world is…

Health & Wellness Trends That You’ll See Popping Up Everywhere

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The original Latin meaning of the word doctor is “to teach.” As a physician, I consider myself to be an educator, first and foremost. I love teaching my patients about their medical, surgical, and cosmetic options, and helping them to choose the best possible course of action to get the results that they want. Of…

What the heck is “cupping”… and is it safe?

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If you followed the news coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio last summer, you might have noticed something slightly… odd. Specifically, odd-looking bruise-like splotches covering particular athlete’s bodies, most notably on US swimmer Michael Phelps. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston rave about the benefits. Are they mysterious bruises or giant hickeys?  Did…

The power of noticing.

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There’s a viral video that was circulating around the Internet in the past few months. You may have seen it, or you’ve probably seen your friends talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about it. It’s a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end.    Put out by supporters of the…

How to get full, plump, youthful looking lips.

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Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Scarlett Johansson get almost as much attention for their lips as they do for modeling gigs, TV and film appearances. Full youthful lips are one of the #1 requests at my clinic, especially from women in their 30s, 40s, and beyond: “More, please!”  With Valentine’s Day upon us, thoughts turn to love and kisses, and kisses make us…

10 highly motivating reasons to drink more water.

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Drinking more water.    It’s one of the simplest, cheapest, and most immediate ways to upgrade your physical appearance and overall health. Yet, millions of people walk around in a state of near-constant dehydration. I see it manifest in my patients as dry, flaky skin; chapped lips and nosebleeds. Whether it’s due to plain old…

Hair growth vitamins, oils, meds and treatments—do any of them really work?

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Recently, a friend showed me a website for a popular brand of vitamins that, supposedly, help your hair to grow, grow, grow. Just about everyone wants thick, shiny  hair. It’s considered a marker of beauty, virility/fertility, and attractiveness in our culture. “What’s the deal with these?” she wanted to know. “Do they work?” It’s a good question!…

Setting a big goal? You might want to keep your lips zipped

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‘Tis the season for resolutions, intentions and goals for the coming year. Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with goal-setting, maybe because we so often disappoint ourselves. Common sense suggests that when you’ve got a big goal, like committing to a new workout routine, eating better, losing weight, or perhaps writing a book or…

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