FtM Top Surgery - Minneapolis, MN

I had a double-incision mastectomy with Dr. Tholen...

I had a double-incision mastectomy with Dr. Tholen. I would highly recommend this clinic for anyone looking to get top surgery.

This is a small clinic in MN and is co-owned by Dr. Tholen and the other doctor, Dr. Gervais. You can watch videos of all the staff on their website and they are amazing.

The initial consultation is free (I’m not sure if they do phone consultations — I’m sure they would). The office is very easy to get in contact with and scheduling is easy.

Between the time of my consultation and the time of my surgery (about ten months) I had excellent contact with the office and my surgeon. The woman who is the patient coordinator, Sarah, is very friendly and her only job is to be in contact with patients and answer questions and keep them updated on things. I was even able to get in direct contact with my surgeon if I had questions and he answered within a day or two.

When I went in for my surgery I was greeted by about five people who were incredibly nice. One nurse brought me back for pre-op pictures and then to change into the dressing gown and we just talked about a lot of things. She was awesome. She explained that she would be in the OR with me and what her job was and explained what the day would be like for me.

After I met with her, my surgeon came in and drew on my chest and checked in with me to see if I had questions and then he left. After him came the anesthesiologist. He was super nice. He was telling me all about what he would be using and then he lead me into the OR (which was actually just a small room) and he laid me down on the operating table and told me that the anesthesia he would be using was 200x stronger than morphine so I shouldn’t worry about waking up during surgery or feeling anything. (The clinic only uses IV anesthesia, no inhalants, because it decreases the chance of nausea afterwards. They have a 98% no-nausea rate at their clinic). And then I went to sleep and didn’t wake up until the surgery was over and I was in the recovery room.

When I woke up I had my brother and girlfriend at my side and one of the other nurses also, who trained my two “caretakers” on how to clear my drains and on the medications I need to take.

The clinic then let me go with my surgeon’s home phone number and an appointment for a week later and told me they would call later that night to check up on me — which they did.

I am now three weeks post-op (you can see my 2 week vs. 3 week post-op pictures) and my scars are healing incredibly well. The skin grafts are also looking very good. I was not expecting the surgery to look this good. I am still speechless. Dr. Tholen and his staff really know what they are doing and will do everything in their power to make sure you come out looking amazing.

I would definitely recommend getting top surgery from Dr. Tholen at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery. The expenses also include the post-op visits and the compression vest (not all clinics give you one). If you have any questions about my experience, I would be more than happy to answer them.

Four Weeks Post-Op Pic

Here is a picture at four weeks post-op.

Three Months Post-Op

Here is the front of my chest three months post-op. Things are looking pretty spectacular. I have a little puckering on the sides, but considering how the rest of it looks I think that is only a minor thing. You can see that there is a little more scarring near the ends of the scars (towards my armpits). Dr. Tholen said that that was just some genetic thing -- the body creates more scar tissue than it can break down, basically. I'm very happy with how the healing is coming.

7 Months Post-Op

I am now almost 7 months post-op. I have been using NewGel+ for scar treatment (not as regularly as I should, though).

10 Months Post-Op

I am now 10 months post-op and have been using NewGel+ gel to treat the scars. The scars have softened a lot and the build-up on the sides is going down slowly.
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Tholen is an amazing surgeon and truly cares about his patients. If I had to go through this entire procedure a second time, I would absolutely choose him to do it. He really goes the extra mile when it comes to patient care. He is able to relate to his patients and give them the care that they need in a professional, yet comforting way. He is very easy to get in contact with and responds within a day or two (if it is via e-mail). I would recommend him to anyone looking to get plastic surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Comments (9)

Hey there, just checking in to see how you are progressing, from what I can see your results look great. Have you seen any improvement in your scars by using the NewGel?
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Hi. I have seen a lot of improvement on my scars on the front of my chest and minimal improvement on the scar build-up on the sides. I'm hoping for more improvements!
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I am glad you are seeing some improvement- you know what, I use this amazing stuff called Tepezcohuite - it is very effective as a regenerator of damaged tissue/scars. I use it for acne scarring. It is known to activate the tissue recovery. Another option may be scar revision - I am no expert but found this review and the results were outstanding: 

SCAR REVISION / CHEST LIPO SURGERY FOR GYNECOMASTIA - PHILADELPHIA, PA
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I don't know when you had surgery but that price is out dated Dr. Then quoted me $9800.00 I'm May 2013, I also felt as though he was in a big hurry and I felt rushed out.
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I had surgery 6 weeks ago, also May 2013. My chest was very small, so perhaps that is where the price differs. There isn't a set price for the surgery, it varies based on chest size and procedure. I'm sorry you felt that way. That wasn't my experience at all.
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Wow, you look like you are healing great. Thanks for sharing your story and photos. This is so helpful for others who are considering the same procedure. At 4 weeks are you feeling totally back to normal? How are you feeling in your clothes?

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Thank you! Yes I am feeling back to normal. Dr. Tholen said I shouldn't be completely physically active until 7 weeks post-op, but that hasn't been an issue for me. I'm able to do light cardio (like speed-walking) and daily activities with no problems. Wearing clothes without having something between me and my chest is amazing, very freeing. I love it and am so happy that I was able to get surgery so early in my life and very fortunate to have found such a talented surgeon!
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So true. Many years to enjoy the body that matches your inside. How old are you (if you're comfortable sharing).

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I am twenty years old. My recovery rate seems incredible. I don't even feel like I have had surgery (in terms of feeling energized and healthy).
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