Recovery Places

With any face lift 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 face lift stitches which he does incrementally. And with the tummy tucks, your drains need time to drain fluids before they can be removed and that can take at least 3 weeks.

We recommend two 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, and have access to Dr. Lev's office over flat, level streets as opposed to up and down bumpy narrow and windy mountain roads. And these two places give you the most for your money with no "surprise" costs added to your bill at the end of your stay. You know exactly what you are paying for up front with our two recommended recovery places.

One place we recommend is a "homestay" called Casa Mercedes where you would be living in the home of the caregiver, Mercedes Castro who's been caring for plastic surgery patients for over 20 years. Her home is only two blocks away from Dr. Lev's office which is quite a nice little perk.

She offers three rooms that are $85, $90 and $95 per night, flat, all-inclusive. When I say all-inclusive I mean that with that room fee you get a private room and bath, flatscreen tv with cable channels, electric hospital bed (only in the Toucan Room for $95 a night) laundry, wifi, internet, international phone calls to the US and Canada, three home cooked meals a day plus snacks, all rides to and from the airport, the doctor's office for pre and post op visits, the clinic or hospital on surgery day with pick up the next day, "escort service" where the driver parks the car and escorts you inside the clinic or hospital and waits with you until you are successfully admitted. Those fees also are inclusive of all taxes. The only extra costs would be tips you would want to leave for anyone in the house who you would like to "thank" with a little cash and if you wanted extra meds that weren't already supplied to you by Dr. Lev.

(Please note that when giving cash tips to people, it's nicer to put the cash into a thank you note as opposed to just handing them the cash).

You get a lot of one on one attention at Casa Mercedes since she only serves two or three patients at a time.

The other recovery place "Verdeza" is more of a small, exclusive and private hospital/residence (built in 2014) that was built as an independent/assisted living place with 24/7 nurses station and nursing care at the pull of a calling cord by the toilet and bed. They provide electric hospital bed if requested, a leather electric lounge chair, large walk in shower in a large bathroom with plenty of storage space, three meals and snacks per day you can order off of a menu (there's an in house chef) and the food is either delivered to your room or you can have your meals (when you are feeling better) in the dining room served by a waiter.

Verdeza's prices include tax, meals, laundry, wifi, internet, international calls to the US and Canada, nursing care by RNs, rides to and from the airport, Dr. Lev's office for consultation and post op visits for stitch removal, and the clinic drop off on surgery day and pick up the next day plus "escort service" where the driver parks the car and escorts you inside the clinic or hospital and stays with you until you are successfully admitted.

There are two packages with Verdeza. One is $125 per night flat, all-inclusive and the other is $140 per night flat all inclusive. The biggest difference in the pricing is that with the $125 a night price you get one visit per day from the RN and with the $140 per night you get two visits per day from an RN. The visits are to check on you and to make sure you're taking your meds, answer any questions or assist you in any way. For me there's no question but that I would want the $140 package because it seems like $15 a day for an extra visit from an RN is worth every penny and more.

For every extra visit from an RN requested by you beyond the one or two visits that your chosen package offers there is a $25 fee.

Of course you also have to factor into your overall expenses your round trip airfare from your home town to San Jose, Costa Rica. And also if you want to buy snacks at the market or more meds beyond what Dr. Lev gives you with your surgery package you'll need some extra cash for that.

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. Ok?

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 (in a good way) "adventure".

Love, Didi

Casa Mercedes

Casa Mercedes


Casa Mercedes

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.