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Here are the ‘most popular’ cosmetic procedures around the world for 2020, says medical travel company

When it comes down to cosmetic procedures, some rank higher than others.

And with beauty being in the eye of the beholder, of course the types of procedures people are looking into vary around the world. That’s why the German-based health consultation resource Qunomedical analyzed internal search data to find out which procedures its users want.

In the U.S., the top 14 searches for cosmetic procedures on Qunomedical in 2020 are Botox injections, liposuction, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts, rhinoplasties, breast enlargement surgeries, hair transplants, lip fillers, mommy makeovers, breast reduction surgeries, facelifts, butt implants, gynecomastia surgeries (breast reduction for men) and beard transplants.


The same cosmetic procedures and surgeries were found to be the most popular across the 11 other countries Qunomedical analyzed, however, the order varied.

People around the world are largely looking into 14 cosmetic procedures to enhance their body or face, search data from Qunomedical shows. (iStock)

People around the world are largely looking into 14 cosmetic procedures to enhance their body or face, search data from Qunomedical shows. (iStock)

In Canada, Botox was the top searched-for procedure followed by rhinoplasty and hair transplants. Whereas people from the U.K., Ireland and Germany had lip fillers, Botox and hair transplants in their top 3.

Australia and New Zealand had identical top searches with Botox, lip fillers and liposuction rounding out the first three spots.


Rhinoplasties were the number 1 search in France and Spain. However, the two countries differed in the rest of its rankings although liposuction did also make the cut for the top three.

Italian Qunomedical users searched for lip fillers, rhinoplasties and breast enlargement surgeries the most while Dutch users searched for breast enlargement, hair transplants and Botox the most. South African users, on the other hand, searched for liposuction, Botox and tummy tucks.


“As the year ends we can see that this was a global phenomenon,” said Qunomedical’s CEO Dr. Sophie Chung, in a statement.  “Lockdown was tough for everyone, but with more privacy, less socializing, and a lot of holidays to spare, people saw an opportunity to reflect on important things like self-care and their confidence.”

She added that celebrities may also be a contributing factor for why people around the world have been more open to cosmetic enhancements. Interestingly, online searches in medical tourism have risen in the last 12 months despite lockdowns from COVID-19.


“Qunomedical has also seen a surge in interest in surgery abroad during lockdown,” Chung said. “Along with cheaper flights more people are discovering they can get the same high-quality treatment for a lower price and more privacy away from home.”

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Medical analyst on Denver mayor’s holiday travel

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is apologizing for flying to see his family hours after encouraging Denver residents to avoid Thanksgiving travel. CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner responds.

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Not traveling for the holidays is a necessary sacrifice, medical expert says

Ranit Mishori:

I think the best advice I can give anybody and everybody, including my own family members, is not to travel.

We have made the tough decision for my daughter to not come to our home for this holiday, and for us to be — to not see other family members, and just keep to ourselves. It’s a sacrifice.

But everybody has to make a sacrifice, so that the disease does not spread, And then winter and certainly the Christmas holiday could look much worse.

So, if you decide to travel — and, again, I can’t emphasize enough how much I would recommend not traveling at all — I think you need to consider about — look at the testing protocols for the — in the state that you’re traveling to. Think about your mode of transportation.

Driving is safer than flying, than taking a bus or than taking a train, where you’re cramped together with a lot of people. Of course, you need to think about quarantining before leaving, so to make sure that you don’t have exposures yourself, that you can then develop the disease, and move on and go on to infecting the people that you’re visiting.

And I — and, of course, taking all of the public health measures, wearing a mask at all times, wearing it correctly over your nose and your mouth, washing your hands, and keeping at least six feet apart from anyone else that you’re — you come in contact with.

And that’s very, very important. The distancing is incredibly important.

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Satya Inc. Breaks Ground On New Hyatt Hotel In Texas Medical Center


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A rendering of the Hyatt Texas Medical Center

Satya Inc. has broken ground on a 350K SF new hotel development in the Texas Medical Center that will be Houston’s first Hyatt dual-branded property in one tower.

The 14-story tower will contain 159 rooms under the Hyatt Place flag, the company’s mid-tier hotel product. In addition, the tower will have 139 rooms under Hyatt House, an extended-stay hotel product.

Satya Inc. CEO Sunny Bathija told Bisnow the hotel project broke ground on Oct. 26 and should take between 20 and 22 months to complete construction, with the goal of opening by Thanksgiving 2022. The price tag for the development is in excess of $70M, Bathija said.

“This project has been in the works for the last two, three years. We’d acquired the land some time back, and we got hired to sign the franchise,” Bathija said.

The tower will be at the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Fannin Street in the Texas Medical Center, and it falls within a qualified opportunity zone, according to Satya.

Amenities will include a hotel dining area open 24 hours, a full-service restaurant and lobby café, two property bars, a lobby workstation and a more than 300-car parking garage. The seventh floor will offer an amenity deck featuring 3.5K SF of meeting space, an outdoor pool overlooking the Houston skyline, a 24-hour fitness center and a guest laundry room.

Satya owns two hotels in Houston: Tru by Hilton in Cypress and La Quinta in Spring. When the coronavirus pandemic first struck, occupancies at those hotels fell to less than 10%, but as of October, had recovered to about 50%, Bathija said.

The combination of a long lead time for the project and the construction phase means that the opening of the new dual-brand Hyatt tower should avoid the majority of pandemic-related disruption, he added.

“We are seeing a rise in the occupancy and we are not worried about two years later, because by then the vaccines will be out,” Bathija said. “There’s something terribly wrong if we’re not OK by 2022.”

Houston’s average hotel occupancy rate fell to 24.8% during April, before recovering to 46.9% in September, according to STR data. Some of that recovery is being driven by weekend leisure travelers, who are opting to take vacations a little closer to home. However, it could take until 2024 for hotel revenues across the U.S. to return to normal, according to STR’s forecast.

Bathija said that unlike other submarkets in Houston, hotels in the Texas Medical Center cater to a very specific clientele: patients and their families seeking medical treatment. For that reason, occupancy is unlikely to be greatly affected by future disruptions to tourism. But being only 6 miles from Downtown Houston means the hotel could still cater to those visitors.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of clientele from even the downtown [area] and the sports venues, once the sports come back,” Bathija said.

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Ratchaphruek Hospital Achieves GHA’s COVID-19 Certification of Conformance for Medical Travel

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ratchaphruek Hospital (https://rph.co.th/en/), a top destination for medical travelers to Thailand, is the second hospital in Thailand and the third hospital in the world to be awarded Global Healthcare Accreditation’s Certification of Conformance with COVID-19 Guidelines for Medical Travel Programs.

Ratchaphruek Hospital's CEO, Dr. Teerawat Srinakarin, along with staff and GHA's CEO, Ms. Karen Timmons and Bill Cook, Director of Business Development, as the latter announce their certification remotely.
Ratchaphruek Hospital’s CEO, Dr. Teerawat Srinakarin, along with staff and GHA’s CEO, Ms. Karen Timmons and Bill Cook, Director of Business Development, as the latter announce their certification remotely.

The Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) Program for Medical Travel Services issued the free COVID-19 Guidelines earlier this year to assist organizations in the medical and health tourism industries seeking to mitigate the risk of coronavirus infection for both domestic and international traveling patients and their companions. The guidelines are unique in that they focus on the entire care continuum, including interactions with the healthcare organization, hotel, and ground transportation.

­Dr. Teerawat Srinakarin, Ratchaphruek Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, currently and at least in the near future, there are varying degrees of concern about risk and safety for patients and their families to travel for medical purposes.  I believe the GHA COVID-19 program is one of the most important tools for organizations to implement systematic action guidelines that help to mitigate patient /family pain points and build better experience and trust. On behalf of Ratchaphruek Hospital, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Somporn Kumphong, a GHA representative of Thailand, Karen H. Timmons, CEO and Bill Cook, Director of Business Development for GHA, who have supported us through all the process and have worked together with Ratchaphruek Hospital to help build patient confidence during these challenging moments.”

The Certification of Conformance for hospitals and ambulatory centers is a three-year certification with annual reviews, which signals to medical travelers, referrers, and other payers that the organization has implemented the recommendations in the guidelines as a proactive risk mitigation strategy to ensure patient safety and well-being during and post-COVID-19.  Embedded within the Certification process is an online training for staff to familiarize themselves with the Guidelines and Certification process.

According to Karen Timmons, Chief Executive Officer, Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA), “The COVID-19 Certification of Conformance helps increase patient trust in an organization by demonstrating that a medical travel program has implemented operational protocols, practices, and procedures that have undergone an external review and reflect international best practices designed to keep traveling patients safe. We congratulate Ratchaphruek Hospital on achieving GHA’s Certification of Conformance and for its strong focus on patient safety and patient experience.”

The Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) COVID-19 Program for Medical Travel Services Guidelines are free and the Certification of Conformance is a process that is accomplished virtually and usually within a three to six week period of time.

About GHA

Founded in 2016, the Global Healthcare Accreditation for Medical Travel Services is the only accrediting body focused solely on medical travel services. GHA’s international standards and professional norms for

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COVID-19 exodus fills vacation towns with new medical pressures

By Markian Hawryluk, Katheryn Houghton and Michelle Andrews

The staff at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is accustomed to the number of patients tripling or even quadrupling each summer when wealthy Manhattanites flee the city for the Hamptons. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended everything.

The 125-bed hospital on the southern coast of Long Island has seen a huge upswing in demand for obstetrics and delivery services. The pandemic has families who once planned to deliver babies in New York or other big cities migrating to the Hamptons for the near term.

From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic. But now as summer vacation season has ended, many families realize that working from home and attending school online can be done anywhere they can tether to the internet, and those with means are increasingly waiting it out in the poshest destinations.

Many of the medical facilities in these getaway spots are used to seeing summer visitors for bug bites or tetanus shots, hiring an army of temporary doctors to get through the summer swells. Now they face the possibility of needing to treat much more serious medical conditions into the fall months — and for the foreseeable future.

Such increase in demand could strain or even overwhelm the more remote towns’ hospitals and health care providers, threatening the availability of timely care for both the newcomers and the locals. The Southampton hospital has just seven intensive care unit beds, with the capacity to expand to as many as 30, but it wouldn’t take much for the hospital to be swamped by patients.

“For health care, the bottom line is: As our population grows, we have to have the infrastructure to support it,” said Tamara Pogue, CEO of Peak Health Alliance, a nonprofit community health insurance-purchasing cooperative in Colorado ski country.

And many communities do not.

Home sales soar

Sunny shores and mountain vistas are prompting people to relocate to second homes if they have them, or to purchase new homes in those areas if they don’t. Renters who used to come for a month are now staying for two or three, and summer renters are becoming buyers. Multimillion-dollar residences in the ski resort town of Aspen, Colorado, for example, that once sat on the market for nearly a year now move in weeks.

“Some of the most experienced and seasoned real estate brokers have never seen activity like what we have experienced in July and August,” said Tim Estin, a broker in Aspen, whose firm draws clients from COVID hot spots such as Dallas, Houston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Many destinations tried to discourage second-home owners from coming, particularly early in the pandemic after Colorado ski resorts became an epicenter of COVID cases. Gunnison County, Colorado, home to the Crested Butte ski resort, banned out-of-towners, prompting the Texas attorney general to take up

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Travel Medicine | Boston Medical Center

Please Note:

Due to a nationwide shortage the Yellow Fever vaccine is temporarily unavailable.

The Travel Clinic provides comprehensive travelers’ health services, including routine and travel vaccines, malaria prevention, travelers’ diarrhea prevention and management, general advice about keeping healthy during travel, and diagnosis and treatment of travel-related illness. The team is made up of physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses with experience in travel and tropical medicine, parasitology, immigrant medicine, infectious diseases, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Some members of the team have additional certifications in travel and tropical medicine from the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

The team can provide individualized services to travelers with special travel health needs, including infants and young children, travelers with special medical needs, immunocompromised travelers, travelers who are pregnant, those preparing to work or live overseas for prolonged periods, and business and adventure travelers. Staff can arrange to provide sessions for groups of travelers such as students, volunteers and missionaries.

Pediatric Clinic

The pediatric and young adult clinic is located on Floor 6 of the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center, 850 Harrison Ave, Boston. Specialized clinics for children (age 0-24) are offered on Thursdays 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and one Monday a month 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Adult Clinic

Appointments for adults are offered Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Although it is recommend that the prospective traveler make an appointment 4-6 weeks in advance of the trip, we are pleased to accommodate those with time constraints.

Boston Medical Center’s Travel Clinic offers expertise in travel medicine to all areas of the world including: 

  • Latin America 
  • Caribbean 
  • Africa 
  • Middle East 
  • Asia

The following services are offered:


  • Routine childhood and adult vaccines

Vaccines, including (but not limited to):

  • Yellow fever vaccine
  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Japanese encephalitis vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccines (oral and injectable
  • Rabies vaccine

Advice about:

  • Avoidance of insect bites
  • Prevention of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other insects, such as malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis
  • Prevention and treatment of traveler’s diarrhea
  • Prevention and management of animal bites
  • Prevention and management of travel-related health problems such as traffic accidents, altitude illness, motion sickness and jet lag
  • Travel with children
  • Travel during pregnancy
  • Healthy travel for individuals with chronic diseases or immunosuppressive disorders
  • Topics for long-term travelers including adjustment issues, need for tuberculosis testing and healthcare options abroad
  • Evacuation insurance

Prescriptions as needed:

  • To prevent malaria
  • To treat travelers’ diarrhea
  • To manage altitude sickness and motion sickness
  • For HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for people who will be providing medical care overseas

The Importance of a Pre-travel Clinic Visit at BMC

Diagnosis and treatment of travel-related health problems including:

  • Fever after travel
  • Acute and chronic diarrhea
  • Skin diseases
  • Parasitic diseases including malaria, schistosomiasis, filarial diseases, Chagas disease, and rarer diseases


Travel Medicine at Boston Medical Center


725 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Shapiro Center, 9th Floor


Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00PM

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International Travel Medical Insurance, HTH Worldwide Travel Insurance

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a variety of travel medical insurance across the U.S. under leading brands.

We offer a wide selection of travel health insurance plans that include coverage for hospital care,
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