About Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS practices in Minneapolis at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd. as a Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Tholen was invited to join RealSelf in 2010, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 26 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS) and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Dr. Tholen has hospital affiliations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital; North Memorial Medical Center, Unity Hospital.
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Posted by JACKIE IN MINNESOTA
i researched many dr.'s for my breast 'upgrade' and dr tholen was by far the best! he did a fabulous job on reconstructing my breasts! i had capsulasation on both. they were pretty bad. my breasts are now perfect because of dr. tholen!! he's a wonderful man and his staff is beyond fantastic! i have found the 'best" plastic surgeon in the twin cities!!
Posted by Country Girl
A thorough research process of the procedure led me to conclude that I was looking for a practice that included: 1. a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in lower body lifts. 2. an office staff that exemplified a team approach to delivering excellent care in all aspects of the process. 3. the opportunity to have my surgery in a free standing outpatient operating facility. (lower risk of infections; surgeon and support staff are well orchestrated, efficient team in familiar setting). By choosing Dr T, all of the above qualities were quickly evident and my expectations exceeded. In addition, I found that I was treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Each and every one of my questions was answered completely, patiently and enthusiastically, both by Dr Tholen and his knowledgeable staff. There was a prevalent attitude that this group of professionals was proud of their quality care, and loved their jobs. Happy workers make happy patients! I felt totally prepared for what the operation and recovery would be like. Dr T delivers care that is based on sound evidence leading to predictable consistent results - you will not find any gimmicky gadgets or procedures that are experimental or merely for marketing purposes. I have quite a bit of experience with behind the scenes doctors offices, and this one is the real deal. The other practices with whom I consulted all had some good features, but Dr T's practice had the complete package.
Posted by Sherry Ann
The staff and the Dr. give you all the information you need. Ask as any and all questions you need to. Even about mamograms. You can call with questions also. Anytime. Do as they say after the procedure. Pamper yourself. You deserve it! You will be sooooo happy with the results.
Posted by Kansas girl
The rating is at this high level because I want others to experience what I was lucky enough to experience. I know this is a big decision to make in a person's life and high amounts of anxiety come with it. However, I want everyone to understand the positive experience I had because it makes all the difference. I have been and will continue to recommend Dr. Tholen to others. I found Dr. Tholen's practice after reviewing many plastic surgeons on the internet. For many years I have wanted to get this procedure done but couldn't find anyone I trusted or felt good enough about to follow through with it, until I met Dr. Tholen. After speaking with him and his office, it was clear to me without a doubt I was going to make the 10 hour trip through multiple states because I knew this is where I would find the best care available. He answered all questions and concerns I had. He discussed all areas of the surgery and put my mind at ease regarding normal concerns every patient has going into surgery. The day of the surgery I wasn't nervous, I was excited!! :) Dr. Tholen and his staff were personal and knowledgeable throughout my experience with them. They all made me feel so comfortable XXXX. Before surgery Dr. Tholen re-covered all areas of the surgery and discussed size again. He had a way of approaching me so I wasn't nervous or feeling hesitant at all. I was excited and ready to complete the procedure I had been looking forward to for so many years. After surgery I woke up to very accommodating staff that took care of me until I was stable enough to leave. Before I left Dr. Tholen checked in with me again to ask about the results to make sure I was doing okay. I could not be happier about the results of my procedure. The recovery was practically painless, there was no bruising, and I was back on my feet doing every day activities in no time. I would recommend Dr. Tholen and his staff to anyone who is looking to get any type of plastic surgery complete.
Posted by happy lisa
He is fabulous but for me more importantly so is his staff. Every person I came in contact with was so caring and knowlegable. From the front desk to the surgical area. I felt in excellent hands professionally but also personally.
Posted by Nunya B (o:
I have and will continue to recommend Dr. T for this procedure for as long as I live. As you have probably read in the other reviews, not only is he awesome, but so are his staff members. I knew I was in the right "hands" for sure when we discussed size. I knew basically what I wanted, I went through the "sizing" procedure at the clinic, after that I chose what I liked out of the pics on the website in preparation for my procedure. He assured me that he would send me home with the best fit....and he did for sure!
Posted by rralexander40
Great Doctor, highly recommended by friends, very nice office and staff. Very helpful nurses.
Posted by luvnlife
Dr. T is a consumate professional, with an unrivaled expertise. I had consulted with two other plastic surgeons prior to seeing Dr. T. At each of the prior consults I told the surgeon what I wanted and came away with a quote in about 20 minutes. My consult with Dr. T was extensive, 45 minutes, while he offered the procedure I had thought I wanted, he took the time to explain to me why this particular procedure would not give me the results I wanted. He went out of his way to educate me, make me feel comfortable, and more than anything else, provide me with correct information. Something neither physician had done at the prior 2 consults.
Posted by fredrd1
The entire process, from initial consult all the way to where I am RIGHT NOW was absolutely flawless. I had a complication, and they assured me that this happens sometimes, and I NEVER felt bad about anything. It really has been great.
My Total Experience from First Consultation to Surgery and Aftercare Was Absolutely Professional & Perfect - Minneapolis, MN
Posted by Eagan
I was so very fortunate to have chosen Dr. T as my doctor for this monumental decision. It was literally transformative. I only regret I did not pursue this decision earlier in my life, but if it meant waiting for Dr. T to perform my surgery than I am happy I waited. My advice would be to call Dr. T’s office and make the consultation appointment. His professionalism and honesty will guide you the rest of the way.
Posted by darugman
The experience that I had with Dr. T and his entire staff was nothing short of excellent from the receptionist at the front door to the recovery nurse that helped me out the door. Everything in my procedure was explained thoroughly, by Dr. T. The actual surgery was totally uneventful and the recovery because of the expertise and experience was and continues to be a very positive experience. If you are looking for and expert to do your procedure don't shop just pick up the phone and call!!
Posted by Happy in MN
From the first time I walked into Dr. Tholen’s office I knew I wanted him to perform my breast augmentation. Everyone in his office made me feel relaxed and comfortable, which was very nice because I was SO nervous, even just for the consult! Dr. Tholen took a lot of time to answer all of my questions. And knowing that he has so many years of experience in breast augmentation was really important to me. Also, I really appreciated that his office let me try on sizers at my first consult. It made it feel so much more real and that this could actually become my new look! Dr. Tholen takes a lot of pride in his work, and now after my surgery, I definitely can see why—he’s AMAZING!! I have never been happier with my body. I finally feel like a woman, all thanks to my wonderful surgeon. Everything went very smoothly in the first few days post-op, besides from the normal soreness. I’m now 12 weeks post-op and feeling great! I would recommend scheduling a consult with Dr. Tholen to anyone thinking about breast augmentation. He is the best there is :) Kind, professional, honest, and a fantastic surgeon!
Posted by 29andHolding
I found Dr. Tholen (with Minneapolis Plastic Surgery) through the RealSelf website. After searching the internet for reviews & before/after pics on plastic surgeons in the Minnesota area, Dr. Tholen had many positive reviews, in addition to his credentials and numerous years of experience. Dr. Tholen also has answered many of the questions submitted on this website, which show his expertise and knowledge. After my consultation, I felt very comfortable with Dr. Tholen and Mpls Plastic Surgery. They have been very professional with every step of this journey, from the initial phone call with the receptionist, my consultation appt, and setting up surgery in the days following my appt. All staff at this clinic have been very professional, kind, caring, and patient with my questions and concerns. This was the greatest help to my choosing this clinic & Dr. Now that I am post-surgery, I can say with confindence that I would definitely recommend Dr. Tholen and his staff to anyone. My surgery day expectations were all met. Everyone I came in contact with on my "day" was so kind and caring, making sure that I was completely comfortable and at ease. I can't imagine having a more positive experience anywhere else!
Posted by Odyssey1
Dr. T repaired a scar on my stomach that I was very self-conscious about. After having my scar repaired, it looks wonderful and I can't even see it! The nurses at MPS are warm, friendly and treat everyone like family. If I ever need a plastic surgeon in the future, Dr. T will be the first person I call!
Posted by mncardiojunkie
I have been to a couple of different plastic surgeons to discuss injectables, spider veins and arm lifts. I have had an injection of Sculptra by a spa and a nurse 2 years ago. It was a fairly agreeable experience, but there were questions that were left unanswered. Dr. Tholen covers everything you need to know. The clinic pricing is very competitive, too.
Posted by Rick J.
My sincere thanks to Dr. T for making my life better. He had a solution for my deviated septum when others said "surgery was not an option"
Posted by Rhino-Lipo in Mpls
He came with solid credentials but I think he failed to describe pros and especially the CONS/RISKS associated with screwing around with the turbinates. There's a reason why ENT docs won't resect them...I should've consulted with one of them first.
Posted by gummibunny
Knowledgeable staff. Clean facility. Excellent anesthesia.
Posted by Sarah2011
Dr. T and staff, made this decision and experience a great one. Dr. T is the best at what he does, he has many years and expertise in his field. I was so nervous for the surgery and I was scared I would wake up feeling nauseous. I was so wrong! I woke up feeling good, no nausea or pain, so amazing how easy it was. He is so professional and friendly, I felt so safe and comfortable going into this process knowing that he was the best. He truly cares for you personally each step of the way! Even Dr. T, after only meeting him once, he remembered the exact date of my wedding. He knew this was important to me and has changed my life!
Posted by Nicole in Minneapolis
I absolutely think he is the best ever! From the front desk staff to Dr T himself, everyone is amazing. I had bees wanting to get some things done since 2006, and finally did. I had a consultation back then and another when I knew time was right and he listened to my needs and exceeded them. I tell everyone I work with to call him! He's the best!
Posted by Linda in Bloomington
If there was a category beyond excellent Dr Tholen and his staff would have earned that rating. No question or concern was left unanswered and their confidence and professionalism relieved any anxiety I had.
Posted by minneapolis1
Dr. T is a personable professional who cares immensely about each patient. He takes the time to address your individual needs and is committed to ensuring beautiful outcomes. I had a breast augmentation surgery and I couldn't be more thrilled with my results!
Posted by mbr1
Dr. T is absolutely outstanding. Two other plastic surgeons told me they could not do the procedure without leaving large scars across my chest. Dr. T said he could do it with scars completely concealed in my nipples. He explained his procedure and what to honestly expect in the end. He far exceeded my expectations and the outcomes were superb. His staff members are excellent as well!
Posted by glamour girl
I recommend Dr. T to everyone who is considering having any procedure done for many reasons. Dr. T and his staff are all so kind, knowledgeable and helpful in every way possible. They made my experience wonderful from the time I called to schedule my consultation to the last "tummy rub" with Judy. Very professional and very real, wonderful group of people.
Posted by Trish In Minnie
Dr. T rocks! I would talk to Dr. T if you are interested in any kind of cosmetic enhancement. I am considering a dermabrasion procedure and I really don't want to go to anyone else - I trust him to do a good job! Thank you so much Dr. T!
Posted by Vega
Dr. Tholen is a very skilled plastic surgeon. He definitely knows what he's doing and he is honest. His entire medical team was caring, informative, and good at their jobs. I am very pleased with my results. Highly recommended!
Posted by gummibunny
Dr. T is awesome! I just got out of surgery no more than 12 hours ago and so far the results look great! I'm excited to see the new girls tomorrow!
If I Would Have Known It to Be This Wonderful in the End I Wouldn't Have Waited So Long - Minneapolis, MN
Posted by HappyMommy2010
Dr. Tholen seemed upfront and honest about everything from the beginning and not sugar-coating the outcome. The most important part of a plastic surgeon in my opinion is their confidence in themselves in order for me to be confident in the outcome.
Posted by HoneyChile'
Surgery Scheduled for September 29, 2011. Pre op visits have been comfortable, informative and never rushed.
Posted by ShOpOhOlic
Dr. Tholen was very informative about the surgical procedures I was interested in having performed. I also felt very comfortable with his professional opinion on the size of implants placed. I am pleased with my results and would certainly recommend Dr. Tholen to anyone.
Posted by jamieo
Wonderful experience and results! The staff and Dr. Tholen are fantastic. The entire process was very comfortable and I knew I was in great hands. My breasts looked very good right away. I had no bruising or swelling. Within 3 weeks my breasts looked awesome and like I had them for years (wish I had pictures to post. I will try and add some at a later date) I am very happy I had the surgery and chose to work with Dr. Tholen. Great decision. I will highly recommend Dr. Tholen to anyone interested in plastic surgery!
Posted by vikesfan
Dr T and his staff are second to none. They placated me in meeting with me twice before I decided to go with the surgery (both free visits). After I was able to meet with one of his nurses and him I got sat down with his finance person who described to me the costs, options, etc. Everything was very up-front and there weren't any surprises. I'm only five months into having a full tummy tuck so I can't comment fully on the results as my stomach is still changing (which is a great thing). I can say that with my health history and expectations that I don't think there's another doctor in the state that could do the job he did. Great doctor, caring staff, good location, etc. Remember, you get what you pay for. He's a little more expensive but the results are worth it.
Posted by K7231
Dr. Tholen is very professional and fantastic at what he does! I wasn't sure these kind of results were possible for my body type - Dr. Tholen went above and beyond any expectations I had. His passion for what he does is obvious and I am SO glad I chose him as my plastic surgeon. I would choose him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by GwendaLyn
By far and away Mpls. PS is the kindest, most caring and concerned clinic I have ever gone to. From the doctor to the receptionists, the financial manager, and all of the nursing staff, you won't find any better!
Posted by chris tine
I waited until I was in my late 40’s to have breast augmentation. I wanted the science to catch up with the artistry. Once I decided to go ahead with it I did research on the internet and consulted with three surgeons. I knew right when I left Dr. Tholen’s office that he was the one. I felt so comfortable with his staff, the medical environment and, of course, with him. Dr. Tholen has that science and artistry balance. My main concern was that I would be partially aware of the surgery while it was happening. Happily, the anesthesia was a breeze. They are true professionals. The aftercare has been superb and having the augmentation was the best decision I’ve ever made. I would definitely recommend Dr. Tholen to anyone without hesitation.
Posted by Davis P
I was treated with the utmost dignity and respect throughout my entire process. Dr. Tholen as well as the staff were truly professional and friendly. It's the best doctor/patient relationship I've ever had.
Posted by Caiter
Dr. Tholen is extremely professional, highly skilled, and possesses superb credentials, all of which I checked in advance. Everything is done in-house at their well-staffed, well-decorated, well-equipped facility. They never rush you or nickel-and-dime you while you're there (Dr. Tholen never tries to talk you into getting more work done--if anything, he tries to steer you away from surgeries which won't deliver what you really want), and everyone is wonderfully friendly. An excellent experience. However, he is very busy due to high demand for his services and getting a consultation took a while.
Posted by sweetcheeks1211
I couldn't have asked for a better team for my breast augmentation! Dr. Tholen is absolutely amazing, he makes you feel very comfortable and will answer any and all questions you have. He definitely knows his stuff! The rest of his staff are also very friendly, and made me feel right at home. I am so glad I made the decision to have him as my doctor! My breasts turned out incredible, even better than I expected!
Posted by Pamela in Minnesota
Dr. Tholen is wonderful!
Posted by Mazymae950
Dr. Tholen performed laser skin resurfacing on my face for the treatment of acne scars. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in this area. Everything he told me to expect from the procedure was true. He is very honest and truly cares about his customers. He and his staff are always available if you have any questions or concerns. Overall was a great experience!
Treatments offered at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd.
- Arm Lift
- Asian Eyelid Surgery
- Body Lift
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implant Removal
- Breast Implant Revision
- Breast Implants
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reduction
- Brow Lift
- Buccal Fat Removal
- Butt Augmentation
- Butt Lift
- Calf Implant
- Cellulite Treatment
- Cheek Augmentation
- Cheek Lift
Blog Posts and Articles
Lots of surgeons tell patients they are allergic to Vicryl (sutures). I believe they are wrong. Vicryl sutures (made by Ethicon) are made of polyglactin 910, which is a copolymer of 90%glycolide (polyglycolic acid) and 10% L-lactide.These are braided, absorbable sutures that retain 75% of their original strength at 14 days, and 25% at 28 days. Vicryl Plus sutures have an added coating of triclosan, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. Both absorb by hydrolysis, which causes minimal...
Part 2 of 2 Tobacco use of any kind should be stopped completely two weeks before surgery to prevent post-operative coughing that can raise your blood pressure and increase the risk of bleeding or capsule formation, which can cause hard or painful breasts and require reoperation. If you are having a breast lift, the incisions needed to shape and lift the breasts may cause reduced circulation and difficulty healing; smoking even one cigarette, using nicotine gum, or...
For the past three years, breast enlargement (augmentation mammoplasty) has been the most common surgical cosmetic operation performed in the United States—over 318,000 women requested this operation in 2010, up 214 percent from 1997 [American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Data]. For the past eight years, breast enlargement has been the most common operation performed at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd.; every year several hundred patients undergo this...
Fat grafting has been performed for many years and in many different areas of the body. Its popularity really "took off" in the mid 1980's when liposuction began, providing lots of "available" fat that otherwise was discarded. Of course, the most ethical and scientific-minded plastic surgeons realized that the high-vacuum "standard" liposuction aspirate consisted of mostly dead fat cells that had been "boiled" at room temperature because of the extremely high vacuum. Freezing the fat "for...
A capsule is the scar every woman's body forms around her breast implants (or any implanted object, like a pacemaker, for example). If the scar capsule is soft, thin, and pliable the breasts are soft and natural; if the scar is thick, tight, and contracted firmly around her implants, this is called capsular contracture and the result is breast firmness (and sometimes pain). Breast implants do not become hard, ever. When a breast enlargement patient has abnormally hard breasts,...
Education / Training
Medical: MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1980
Residency: General Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 1985
Fellowship: Plastic Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 1987