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, 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 three 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.

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. Her place is the most conveniently located to Dr. Lev's office, the clinic and hospital.

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, 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 for surgery. 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).

The only downside to staying at Casa Mercedes is that you are staying with other patients in a private home and therefore you will be in close proximity to other patients and other personalities sharing the same common areas outside of your private room. Sometimes personalities clash between patients and that's where problems can arise.

Most of the patients who come to CR for surgery with Dr. Lev are lovely people, but to be honest, every once in awhile there is a person who does not "work and play well with others" and when you're staying in an "intimate" environment with such a personality, you are probably better off staying in the sanctuary of your room where you have your own private space that no one can impinge upon. You can even ask for your meals to be brought to your room. Or you can go outside and take an easy walk around the neighborhood or over to the shopping center where Dr. Lev's office is located.

For more privacy all around, we offer another recovery place, called Verdeza.

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 an 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. You never have to see another person other than the RN who comes to visit you in your room and the other caregivers there who come to your room to check on you during the days. And you can limit those visits as you wish by just telling the RN.

Outside of your room there are lovely wide hallways and a couple of outdoor spaces that you can enjoy as a change of atmosphere if you'd like to get out of your private room for awhile. You never have to interact with anyone or if you want, you can join in on any of the programs that Verdeza offers to their residents. They're very nice there about inviting our patients to join in their in-house actives and events as spectators or you can join in if you're feeling up to it. It's all very much up to you whether or not you interact with others during your stay.

Verdeza's prices include taxes, meals, snacks, 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.

Verdeza’s daily charge is a flat, all-inclusive $125.00.

As an example of the benefit of an "all-inclusive" price versus the price that does not include tax, the $125 a day Verdeza package, without the 13% hotel tax included would be $110 per day. Two of our three recovery places include the 13% tax into the "all-inclusive" price so that there are no surprises at the end of your stay.

The third place we recommend is Las Cumbres Inn. They are a very lovely property with gorgeous views, perched atop the mountains of Escazu and have been caring for plastic surgery patients also for many years.

Their prices are not all-inclusive. They do not include tax in their quoted prices so be aware that they will be adding 18% onto your final bill. They also only include 6 one way rides (three round trips) in their quoted price. You pay extra for any additional rides beyond the included 6 one-way trips. Rides to and from Dr. Lev's office for instance could cost you up to $25 per round trip. The ride from Las Cumbres Inn takes you down the mountain on curvy, narrow roads, so if you tend to get carsick, this may not be the perfect place for you.

One thing Las Cumbres offers that other recovery places do not offer is that an RN picks you up from the clinic or hospital on the morning after surgery to escort you back to the Inn to get you settled in your room and check your vitals to make sure everything is fine. Having an RN with you when you return to your room at the Inn is comforting. With an RN present, the patients feel confident that they are in good, capable hands.

Las Cumbres Inn also includes free wifi, three healthy meals a day, free calls to the US and Canada. They have 14 "homey" rooms of all levels of luxury, size and comfort at the Inn and the prices range from $98 to $194 per night plus 18% taxes. The hotel also features a lovely dining room, 2 guest lounges and TV room, elevator and wheelchair access, pool and colorful gardens. Las Cumbres is a cozy, yet modern 3 story house.

For Dr. Lev patients only Las Cumbres will provide one free night for every 15 night booking. Once you click on the following link to the short inquiry form to fill out and click send in, the people at Las Cumbres will know you are a patient of Dr. Lev's and will know that they are to give you the special free night with the 15 night booking. So you only pay for 14 nights.

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 trlwd2@gmail.com 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.