Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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4825 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55422
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  • Offer 10% off surgeon's fee for Breast Augmentation.
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Best PS in the Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN

5 out of 5 stars Body Lift

Love the Stunning Results! - Minneapolis, MN

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.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Breasts - Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Tholen is one of the finest. Listens carefully and wants nothing but the best for you. He is a very experienced doctor and I trusted him completely. I would recommend him to any of my family or friends. The whole staff at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery was very professional and kind. My experience was outstanding!

5 out of 5 stars

Best Breasts in the Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN

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!!

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

I Am Thrilled and Should Have Done This Sooner! - Minneapolis, MN

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.

5 out of 5 stars

Best Doctor by Far ... -Minneapolis, MN

5 out of 5 stars

A Decision I Continue to Be Thankful for Everyday! - Minneapolis, MN

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.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

My Total Experience from First Consultation to Surgery and Aftercare Was Absolutely Professional & Perfect - Minneapolis, MN

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.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

I Couldnt Be Happier! - Minneapolis, MN

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.

5 out of 5 stars Arm Lift

What a Fabulous Experience - Minneapolis, MN

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.

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 began participating on RealSelf in 2010, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 28 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, and West Health.

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Treatments offered at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd.

Blog Posts and Articles

Breast implants and mammography--Is it safe? Do I have to worry about rupture?

First of all, rupture is nearly impossible with the latest generation of cohesive silicone gel implants--and that is true for mammography as well as most any kind of "usual" or minor breast trauma. They cannot leak, and I believe that "periodic MRI scans" to check silicone implants for "leak" is both nonsensical and unnecessary. Rupture would require an exceedingly large force, and while mammography involves firm pressure on a woman's breasts, this is insufficient to damage implants. I...

Should drains be used in breast augmentation?

Drains are used to remove blood (or later, serum), and in some areas, such as tummy tucks, where there is a large potential space for blood or fluid to collect, drains can promote tissue adherence and healing. This is one potential reason to use breast drains--textured implants that must adhere to tissue to prevent inadvertent rotation or malposition. But even here that may not be optimal--acceptable, but not optimal!The problem is that drains allow fluid or blood OUT of a...

"Allergy" to sutures or stitch "reaction"--is this a real phenomenon?

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...

Dr. Tholen's Comprehensive Guide to Breast Augmentation (Part 2 of 2)

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...

Dr. Tholen's Comprehensive Guide to Breast Augmentation (Part 1 of 2)

For all but two of the last 8 years, breast enlargement (augmentation mammoplasty) has been the most common surgical cosmetic operation performed in the United States—over 310,000 women requested this operation in 2013, up 210 percent from 1997 [American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Data]. Since 2004, breast enlargement has been the most frequently performed operation at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd. Every year several hundred patients undergo this one-hour...

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Education / Training

Undergraduate: BS in Mathematics and Physics, Fort Hays, Kansas, State University, 1977
Medical: MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1980
Internship: General Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 1981
Residency: General Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Chief Resident 1985
Fellowship: Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 1987

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