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 -

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.