Do you know anything about Dr. Lev in Costa Rica?

  • quirkyfun
  • 1 year ago

I am having difficulty finding any negative reviews about Dr. Lev and I didn't think such a thing was possible for a plastic surgeon.  I'd be pleased to hear from anyone who is aware of his work, or has had work done by him, particularly work on the face.  I'm considering lower lid, chin implant and neck lift later this year and would really appreciate hearing more about this surgeon.   Thank you!

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I had a f/l with Dr. Lev several yrs ago and had great results and couldn't agree more with all the positive reviews. Good choice. Safe choice.
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I am considering Dr Lev for a facelift in Sept. Can you tell me a little bit more about your experience,?
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Just finished with a facelift with Dr Lev. I have been to many other surgeons here in Costa Rica. I have found Dr Lev to be FAR above the others. His personality and professionalism are unequaled! Also had a exceptional experience at Clinica SantaLucia. Don't hesitate call Dr Lev!
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Hi Lindakb! I would love to see pictures and stories of your progress. If you have read my profile, you would see that I had a face lift with Dr. Lev Feb 20th. I am still numb under neck and around ears with itchyness all over as the nerves are working to mend together again. Still have occasional pain (where stapes use to be)if I have an active day, so am staying away from working out for a while. Thank goodness for Oxy and my doctor at home. Painkillers received in Costa Rica were not necessary as I had no pain at all until days after the stapes were pulled. Are there others out there that can advice just how they experienced the numbness?
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I am going to CR in Sept and am debating using Clinica Lucia instead of Cima. Typically here in the states cosmetic surgeries are performed in out patient clinics. What was your experience at Clinica Lucia?
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See my comments below (June 13th) for more details about Clinica Lucia! I would highly recommend going to CIMA instead of saving the money as it has much better facilities with immediate attention if you need it and you won't have to be taken by ambulance, like I was from Clinica Lucia.
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I agree with MauiJoy. I felt safer in a hospital, with a private nurse in a foreign country. You are already getting a great deal using Dr. Lev!
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PS. Depends also on what you are having done? Full facelift=hosp. Eyes only = probably ok in clinic.
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Had full face lift. Stayed at clinic and had 2 nurses attending all night long. There was always someone by my side. It was a good experience for me. On this site, I have only heard of one person with bad experience.
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Did research for a year. Found Dr. Lev to be the best. To read my story and see before and after picture, please see http://www.realself.com/review/san-jose-costa-rica-facelift-guess-my-age-lol.
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See my June 13th comment below. I would spend the extra money and be safe in the CIMA hospital.
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I just arrived home after having surgery by Dr Lev in February! Unfortunately, I have a rare blood problem that I did not know prior to the surgery and had very serious complications. Pulmonary embolisms thankfully not in the main arteries and was in the ICU at CIMA hospital. Dr Lev was there for me 1,000 % He met the ambulance, cancelled his Valentines day, brought in the best critical intensive care doctor and they got me through it. There isn't a more caring or careful surgeon anywhere in my opinion. He even visited me every day at my hotel when I got out of the hospital. I saw him constantly during the past month and he was always attentive, never too busy to answer my questions etc. Pre-surgery consultion was very through and I had blood tests, EKG done in CR several days prior to surgery so it was not his fault I had complications. He does not recommend anything that one does not need or want. He is a surgeons surgeon, with great skill and excellent care. If anyone is thinking of having surgery, know your history, really think about not only what you have experienced but your family so he will have a through knowledge of your body. If you are going to have plastic surgery, I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Lev. I look at least 10-15 years younger, still have some swelling and am alive due to this man! If someone is bad mouthing him, it is because they are not taking responsibility for their own decisions. There is no way I believe jhealer's horrible posts as I have just had my experience! I also did meet a woman from Florida who had a problem post-surgery that I met at one of the recovery centers and she loves Dr Lev too! He stands behind his work and explains everything. I would also recommend paying the extra cost of going to CIMA hospital rather than the surgery clinic as there are many qualified specialists and an ICU!
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I had a facelift by Doctor Lev on Feb. 20. I would love to communicate with you about your progress. Compare notes (so to speak) If this is okay with you, please leave your personal email address. Also wanted to say Bravo for sticking up for the best surgeon ever!!
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I will be having a facelift, lower neck and lower eyes done by Dr Lev in Sept. So glad you are pleased with your results. By chance where did you recover at and any pointers you could give me as I will be traveling alone.
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Aloha, I would talk to DiDi about staying in closer at the Maraposa and I would difinitly spend the extra money and have your surgery and first overnight at the private and up to date CIMA hospital and not take the risk of the St Lucia clinic. I feel that they were responsibe for not observing me while there, moving my legs and for placing a hard bolster like pillow behind my knees which blocked my circulation and may have contributed to my forming a clot which turned into a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. I actually enjoyed staying at the Barcello San Jose Palacio after getting out of the hospital (one week later) and which included breakfast which I had delivered to my room. They have two restaurants on property and a beautiful garden to walk in. Che Tica is far from the city, in a cloud forest which for me was also too cold. They have sweet cottages, however it is near the main highway and I heard trucks all night. Also the only food i had was terrible. I only stayed one night.
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oops, I forgot to say, give Dr Lev a big hug! He is the BEST!!!!
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Hi there jghessenauer, I went to Costa Rica alone as well. Trust me when I say it is a good thing. I slept for 4 days after the surgery (no drugs). If someone had been with me, they would have been bored to tears. I also did not eat.( I actually lost 7 pounds) However, I requested fruit smoothies from the wonderful people at the recovery villa called Casa De La Mariposa and also asked they not disturb me. I think they had 4 rooms. I stayed in the smallest room. It cost $85 a month which includes all meals, room clean up, laundry, travel to appointments. I will tell you that they offer a certain amount of free travel. Afterwards, they charge you. The other rooms were larger and more expensive but they had more than one person in them. I would suggest that you get a cab phone number and name from DIDI because the cabs are pretty cheap there and a lot cheaper than what the Mariposa charged. Whatever you do and no matter how you feel, do not attempt any trips or sight seeing or even buying souvenirs until after eight days of surgery. I attempted to buy souvenirs on day 6 along with some nice ladies that also stayed at the Mariposa (easy to make friends going through the same surgeries) and I got pretty sick to my stomach after an hour and had to go back. I felt so good that morning (both emotionally and Physically) that I thought I was up to it. Back to the rooms at the Mariposa. I had the cheapest and smallest room. All rooms have 2 beds (in case you bring a guest with you) I would suggest that you try to book that room. It is quiet and far away from the living and dining area. They usually wake you around 8 for breakfast. I requested they not wake me. I wanted to sleep in. Besides, if I woke at 10 I would just have a fruit smoothie instead of breakfast. (I never liked eating breakfast anyhow) It's all up to you and what you want. They are very accommodating. The small room also has a TV on the wall just above you, which is good because you don't have to strain your neck. I will tell you something that I did not know. Bring some sort of ear plugs. There are a lot of stray dogs in Costa Rica and they tend to bark at night. It does not matter where you stay, you will hear those darn dogs. The good thing about the Mariposa is that it is central. I was told about Che Tica, but they are located way in the Mountains and had cats and dogs running around and I am allergic. The Mariposa owner stays on the property most of the time, but if she is not there, she always has someone there to make sure everyone is safe and happy. Her name is Mercedes. She is a lovely lady. The last few days I was there and Mercedes asked me if I would mind moving to one of the larger rooms because a woman wanted my room(she had been there before) I laughed and said "no problem". The room was huge and beautiful and had a gorgeous big washroom. However, there was a problem. It was close to the living and dining area and I could hear everyone talking etc. Not good when you want to sleep. Anyhow, I have to tell you about my last night there. The whole time I was in Costa Rica, I craved Mashed potatoes and gravy. Well, they don't have gravy anywhere in Costa Rica (that I could find). Please remember that I was there for 3 weeks. The first week was for fun and tourism. The last 2 were for recovery. The first week, I stayed in a cheap hotel. I loved it. I would spend most of my time by the pool ( and nobody else was there). I went horseback riding, rain forest and casino. However, even when I want to KFC, they did not know what gravy was. They kept saying"you mean salsa?" LOL. Even though I went online to write my order in Spanish (because nobody speaks English) they got the order wrong. Okay, so needless to say, on my last evening at the Mariposa, they had a special dinner. They had a barbecue, wine, and, I could not believe it, Mashed potatoes and (real) gravy. They made me cry. I hope this helps you. All the best sweetheart. It has been around 3 months and my neck, ear area and eye lids are still numb. Am told it could be about 6 months before that feeling is gone. Cant wait. It's very annoying but you get use to it. Please update me and let me know how things go. I wish you all the best. You are in good hand with Dr. Lev. He is the best.
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Thank you so much for all of the helpful information. Apparently Mercedes sold the Casa and Didi is recommending Mercedes private home so I will be staying there. I have visited CR many times so no need for the sightseeing and luckily I like to sleep when I am not well. I have friends in Ezcuzu so may venture oyt late in the trip if all goes well for a visit with them. Once you got to the recovery center were you responsible for applying ice to your face or did the staff do it. Also was someone available to help you shampoo your hair? Thanks again.
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