Recovery Places

With any facelift we recommend a two-week stay. For tummy tuck surgery we recommend a three-week stay. It takes Dr. Lev 11 days just to remove all the facelift stitches which he does incrementally. And with the tummy tucks, you need to be draining LESS THAN 30CC's of fluids in a 24 hour period before they can be removed and that can take at least 3 weeks.

We recommend these recovery places that fit into most people's budgets. After researching other places we've chosen the ones we feel give the best post-op care, are the most conveniently located to Dr. Lev's office, the clinic and hospital.

Casa Mercedes

We have a homestay opportunity called Casa Mercedes where you would stay in one of the ensuite rooms in her home to recover. Mercedes has been caring for plastic surgery patients for 25+ years. She's really lovely. My personal favorite of her rooms is the Toucan Room which goes for a flat $95 a night. That includes taxes, three meals a day, rides to and from Dr. Lev's office (which happens to be two blocks away from Casa Mercedes) and to and from the clinic.

Contact for Casa Mercedes - Mercedes Castro


We also have another place that allows patients to stay there on a case by case basis. It's called Verdeza and is an independent/assisted living residence. It is a relatively new building so everything is modern and clean. The room is large and you have a pull cord by the bed and toilet that calls the nurse to your room. The nightly rate there is $140 and that includes taxes, three meals a day, private large room and large bathroom with walk-in shower, the food you order off a menu, daily visits from the RN who comes in to check on you and take your vitals and give you your meds. I just had my third facelift with Dr. Lev and chose to recover at Verdeza. They also include all your rides and the driver escorts you to your appointments and waits for you and then takes you back to Verdeza.

Contact for Verdeza - Alejandra Zamora -

Tiger's Den Recovery

We also have a lovely lady by the name of Tiger Roth who is the owner/operator of Tiger's Den Recovery. She has one good sized room on the ground level (no stairs to climb) of her home for our patients. The room has its own bathroom.

Tiger is a talented and versatile chef who cooks your meals according to your likes and dislikes. She serves home-cooked fresh foods and can cook in any style, gearing to your dietary needs.

She also checks on you a few times a day, to make sure you're ok and everything is as it should be. She manages your meds and makrd you as comfortable as possible. I like her very much. I paid her a visit the last time I was in San Jose and loved her set up. I even sampled some of her cooking. YUMMY!!

She has a special price for Dr. Lev's patients who book/stay for a minimum of 15 days which is the length of time we recommend for patients having a face lift. For patients having a tummy tuck, the recommended amount of time to stay would be 22 days. She charges a flat $100 a day, all-inclusive of taxes, three meals a day, all rides to and from the airport, the clinic and Dr. Lev's office for your pre and post op visits, free wifi, internet access, Cable tv, medicine management, a lot of personal one-on-one care, etc.

The driver Tiger uses, Carlos, will take you to your appointments, escort you inside and wait for you until you are done with your appointment and then take you back to Tiger's. It's a great service. It makes the patients feel more comfortable to have an escort for their appointments. And of course included in Tiger's rate of $100 a day is round trip airport and round trip clinic.

Tiger has two adorable dogs who stay with her in the back of the house where she lives. They're so so sweet and have proven to be very therapeutic for people recovering. She also has two kitties who sleep and purr all day.

Contact for Tiger's Den Recovery -

Tirza's Zen Den

Hi there!

I'm Tirza of "Tirza's Zen Den".

I am a Southern California native, and my husband is from Nebraska. In January of 2020 we are starting our eighth year in Escazu, Costa Rica. This is our home and we love living here!

My neighborhood is a quiet residential, guarded community, with easy access to all.

I have been a massage therapist for 28 years, and a mammography technologist for 14 years. I have been a caretaker since my brother's were born, and cared long term for my grandmother after the passing of my mother. My friends call me T-mama, as I'm mother hen with zen!

I enjoy our amazing views here, and I love to read, workout and cook. Lucky for me, I can do everything here at the Zen Den, which is relaxing and quiet, perfect for a healing atmosphere. Rocking chairs await you, inside or out!

The Golden Room has a queen bed, and adjoining room with a twin bed, which we call the sun room. There is a Smart TV so you can log into your accounts, and a large closet.

There is access to a full kitchen, including filtered drinking water. There's a washer and dryer available as well.

I charge a flat, all-inclusive $110 per night and that includes the following:

  1. All rides with our driver Carlos to take you to and from the airport, the Dr's office for your consultation appointment the day before surgery and up to three post op visits to Dr. Lev's office and the clinic. Carlos will escort you into your appointments and wait for you. On surgery day he will take you to the clinic and walk you in and wait until you are successfully admitted. Then he will come back the next day to pick you up and bring you back to the house.
  2. Private room and bathroom
  3. Three meals a day (I welcome your list of likes and dislikes and will do my best to feed you foods you enjoy). Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions.
  4. Flat screen Smart TV
  5. I will also manage your meds for you so you know when to take your pain and antibiotic pills.
  6. I will look in on you several times a day and make sure you're fine and comfy.
  7. I will also include a relaxing massage in the room adjacent to the Golden Room the night before your surgery.

I ask that you send me a non-refundable $100 deposit to hold the room for you. You can pay me the deposit through Pay Pal ( and I would like the balance of what you owe to be paid in cash (USD) when you arrive at the house.

Please feel free to email me any time at with questions and/or to book the Golden Room.

I look forward to meeting you!

Pura Vida!
Love, Tirza

**Note from Didi I need to let you know that there are steps up to the main house where the "Golden" room is located. I'd say 10-15 steps or so. When you get up to the house there are no more steps inside. But steps are to be considered which is why I'm telling you this now before you book. I don't like surprises myself so I tell the patients as much as possible that I feel is important info about a recovery place.

And that's all we've got for you at the moment. We're trying to work something out with the manager of an Apartoteles located very close to Dr. Lev's office and the clinic and the dentists, too. We haven't reached an agreement as of yet so stay tuned. In the meantime, these three places are wonderful options.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to send you some date options. Let me know when you want to do this. I'll take a look at the schedule and let you know what's available around the time you would like to have the surgery.

Email me at with questions or a booking request.

Take care. I look forward to hearing from you and getting you all set up for this amazing, unforgettable, transformative "adventure". Please see below the three links to the three recovery places that will take you to the initial inquiry forms for each place.

Love, Didi

PLEASE NOTE: As beautiful as the CHE TICA RANCH is, we have had to discontinue recommending them as a place to stay post op. The main reason is because it is located quite far away from Dr. Lev's office, the hospital and clinic. Unfortunately, over the last two years, the traffic in San Jose has gotten progressively worse. It can literally take up to an hour in each direction to take patients to and from Dr. Lev 's office for all post op care. We feel it's too stressful for patients who are just recently out of surgery to have to sit in an SUV in heavy traffic for what could easily amount to a two hour round-trip not counting the 30 minute appointment with Dr. Lev to remove stitches which he does incrementally over an 11 day period. That said, if you still would like to recover at Che Tica having been informed of the traffic situation, you are certainly most welcome to do so.