In a town where plastic surgery is as common as kombucha, where and how a person recovers is as important as the board-certified doctor performing the surgery.
“People are investing up to $100,000 on cosmetic surgeries but are choosing to save on post-operative care costs, and that’s not a good idea,” says plastic surgeon. Beverly Hills-based Lisa Cassileth, who specializes in breast reconstruction, said. CHEAP. “A lot can happen after major surgery, and having a friend or family member care for you can slow your recovery and outcome, and affect how you look. ”
Post-surgery retreats have been a mainstay in LA for years, with Serenity Aftercare, a wellness facility in Santa Monica, reigning as the gold standard. But after it closed during the pandemic, a bunch of new post-surgery hideouts have emerged, and they’re raising the bar thanks to partnerships with luxury hotels including Four Seasons, SLS Beverly Hills and The Beverly Hilton, where patients recuperate in luxurious surroundings with room, nursing, meals and transportation included in the nightly fee.
Opened in 2021 by facial plastic surgeon Ben Talei, Aura AfterCare (auraaftercare.com, from $1,750 per night) currently employs a wide range of Serenity staff, including skilled nurses with over 25 years of experience. It consists of four 3,500 square foot apartments, most with private balconies, in a luxury residential building in the Wilshire Corridor. Nurses are available 24/7 and there is a chef on site who creates a customized menu of dishes designed for optimal nutrition and recovery, including Kosher, vegan and vegetarian options. vegetarian. The post-surgery center offers a la carte healing treatments like LED beds (which are said to help reduce inflammation); IV drip therapy (for increased hydration and vitamin delivery); and a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. “Training sessions lasting from 60 to 90 minutes help increase blood supply to tissues after surgery interruptions,” says Talei.
There is even leech therapy, which was approved by the FDA in 2004. “This is beneficial if the blood supply is compromised after surgery, which can happen during facelift correction, rhinoplasty or tummy tuck,” says Talei. “It’s an old therapy that’s been around for a long time and helps thin the blood to reduce swelling.”
Irina Brodsky (@laleeches) has been practicing this ancient treatment, known as hirudotherapy, for over 10 years. She said: “Levels are the original antibiotic. “Their saliva, which is very compatible with the human body, is essentially a live pharmaceutical containing enzymes, amino acids and proteins that have excellent wound healing properties and act as a blood thinner. natural, especially when there is a bruise or if a decongestant is needed,” she adds. According to Brodsky, each 90-minute session (from $200) is pleasant and can also be effective in treating hormonal imbalances, joint pain, and even depression. She adds: ‘There is a slight burning sensation on the surface of the skin as the leeches act like tiny pumps, releasing natural blood thinners into the body, but without any pain.
A newer aftercare point, Calicia Care (caliciacare.com, from $2,000), co-founded by sisters Erika and Lexi Maldonado (Lexi is an RN), gives patients time to recuperate in the luxurious guest rooms at The Beverly Hilton. “We take care of everything and it’s always direct nursing care,” says Erika. Treatments can include in-room lymphatic drainage and reiki sessions, plus services such as dog walking, manicure/pedicure, and makeup/hairdressing “if it is” Patients want to go home looking fresh,” she adds.
Prestigious postoperative care (prestigeaftercare.comfrom $2,099), located at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, has suites that include D. Porthault linens and automatic voice control for lights, beds, and 55-inch flat screens.
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Payman Danielpour shares that the aftercare he chooses is Immortelle Healthcare Group (immortellemed.com, from $3,300), there are 12 rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. “It has all the amenities and capabilities of a small hospital, and my patients love the white gloves, royal treatment and exceptional care,” he said.
Seeking to recover from elective and non-elective surgery, Immortelle prides itself on a holistic approach to postoperative care. Co-founder Evan Pinchuk said: “For each patient, we consider not only the medical component and postoperative care, but also psychological support. “All three go hand in hand when it comes to improving patient outcomes.” And thanks to the wide range of medical equipment they have in place, Immortelle can perform hospital-grade interventions if necessary. Treatments include photobiological light therapy, which promises to reduce inflammation, swelling, pain, and anxiety. The 20- to 60-minute treatment (from $300 per session) is pain-free and “helps patients recover faster,” says Pinchuk, adding, “We provide a level of Four Seasons care, experience and service.”
For patients who want to continue their healing after they’re back on their feet, Pause Studio (pausestudio.com) has several locations in Los Angeles and offers a wide range of treatments in our beautiful facilities. they are for anyone looking for a restorative, including LED light therapy beds and compression therapy, that help repair damaged tissue and reduce inflammation (from $40 per session).
A version of this story first appeared in the June 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to sign up.