December 11, 2005
You'll Probably Like the Food Served in these Recovery Rooms
By: Hillary Howards
When Adults go under the knife on national Television and teenage girls sport new noses as if they were a trendy shade of lip gloss, it's clear that plastic surgery patients have come out of hiding. Now, some postoperative patients are turning their surgeries into an excuse to get away for a little rest, relaxation and recovery, better known as a vacation.
Hotels lure cosmetic surgery patients with plush recovery rooms and programs, soothe and bolster the bruised and the bandaged: room and maid service help the patient concentrate on healing, instead of cooking and cleaning.
Affinia Garden in New York City, which is near Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital on the upper Eastside, offers amenities like day beds for visitors or nurses, as well as a private entrance.
"Sometimes patients aren't comfortable going home, or those at home aren't comfortable taking care of the patient," said Dr. Julio Gallo, medical director of the Miami Institute, which is in the Four Season Hotel and Towers in Miami. Most patients recover in the hotel, which starts on the seventh floor of the towers, after surgery in the institute, on a lower floor. Dr. Gallo said that his staff "Take care of everything: for the recovery patients, from making the hotel reservation and setting up the room beforehand with special pillows, to ordering low-fat diets and ice chips from room service. For an extended healing process, the institute coordinates a seven-day trip to several spas in Italy, including the FonteverdeTerme and Hotel in Tuscany.
For the specially adventurous, Orient -Express Hotels; Africa Collections with the Surgeon and Safari travel company offers just that: surgery, then a safari: After surgery (All doctors are accredited by the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in South Africa, the company says), patients receive aromatherapy and massage in one of two luxury hotels, The Westclff in Johannesburg, or the Mount Nelson in Cape Town. Patients then embark on a South Africa Safari of their choice.