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Richard H. Tholen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

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With over 29 years of experience in providing the highest-quality, innovative cosmetic surgery available in the Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area and beyond, Dr. Richard H. Tholen has strived to develop Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD. into one of the premier destinations for in-office, outpatient aesthetic plastic surgery in a nationally-accredited (AAAASF) on-site office surgical facility. Thousands of patients seeking not only skill and experience, but also artistry and a caring personal touch in their plastic surgeon have placed their trust and well-being in the skilled hands of Dr. Richard H. Tholen.

While Dr. Tholen’s education, experience, teaching, writing, and accolades attest to his plastic surgical qualifications, the satisfied patients for whom he’s operated serve as the true testament to his reputation, expertise, and dedication as an American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified plastic surgeon whose practice has been devoted to aesthetic plastic surgery excellence for the majority of his 3-decade career.

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Richard H. Tholen, M.D., F.A.C.S.

“My goal is to produce natural-looking results that are in harmony with the rest of the individual’s features.” –Dr. Richard H. Tholen

Dr. Richard H. Tholen’s experienced blend of science, artistry, and innovation have made him one of the most sought-after breast, face, and body surgeons in the country. He is co-owner, senior partner, and president of Minneapolis Plastic Surgery. Dr. Tholen joined MPS in 1987 after completion of seven years of post-MD surgical training (General Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He has received Board-Certification by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons (FICS). He has completed additional training in cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, advanced rhinoplasty techniques, suction-assisted lipoplasty (liposuction) including ultrasonic liposuction, and laser surgery.

Dr. Tholen is an active member of the 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), and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Dr. Tholen has hospital affiliations with full plastic surgical privileges at Abbott Northwestern Hospital; North Memorial Medical Center, and West Health. He served as co-director for laser education at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and was co-chairman for annual courses in Cutaneous Laser Surgery taught at Abbott’s Laser Center, Minimally Invasive Care Center, and Center for Cosmetic Care.

As a faculty member of Laser Centers of America, he has taught numerous physician training courses nationally and internationally, and has been an invited laser surgery instructor (multiple wavelengths) at Samsung Hospital in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Richard H. Tholen has authored multiple journal articles as well as two book chapters in the peer-reviewed plastic surgical literature, and has written and presented over 150 papers on all aspects of cosmetic surgery and other plastic surgical topics as visiting professor, invited lecturer and panelist at national plastic surgery meetings, and individually over the past twenty eight years.  He has served on several plastic surgical and medical/surgical committees, has been a case reviewer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield as well as Medicare, has served as president of the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as president of the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, and remains a strong advocate for advanced training, education, and certification for doctors who perform cosmetic surgery. Dr. Tholen has been honored by inclusion in the Best Plastic Surgeons in America, Leading Physicians in the World, and peer-selection on multiple occasions as “Top Doctor” by Minneapolis / St. Paul Magazine, most recently in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. As a frequent expert contributor to RealSelf, Dr. Tholen has been included in the RealSelf Top 100 for the past 4 years, recognition awarded to the top 100 plastic surgeons nationwide (less than 10% of the RealSelf doctor community) by achieving high patient satisfaction (as reported in RealSelf reviews), getting favorable feedback on their expert answers, and after investing significant time in Q&A and other doctor activity.
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Dr. Tholen has performed reconstructive cleft lip and palate surgery on multiple humanitarian mission trips for children in Peru, Venezuela, Philippines, Romania, and Honduras as a team plastic surgeon and team leader for Operation Smile International and Children’s Surgery International.

His private practice at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD. is aesthetic in nature, and has been focused virtually exclusively on cosmetic surgery for the past decade. Most surgeries are performed at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery’s on-site nationally-accredited (AAAASF) outpatient surgical facility, but Dr. Tholen retains full plastic surgical privileges and peer-reviewed credentials at several Minneapolis area hospitals. However, with his full training and Board-Certification in General Surgery, followed by full training and Board Certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Tholen has the depth and full breadth of clinical and surgical experience as foundation for his aesthetic and artistic surgical expertise. His Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area plastic surgical practice is recognized not only for excellence in cosmetic breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast implant revision), facelift and other facial surgery, lower body lift and contouring after massive weight loss, and laser surgery, but also for transgender surgical procedures over the past twenty five years. Dr. Tholen has taught specifics of non-genital transgender plastic surgery at local, national, and international plastic surgical conferences.

Dr. Tholen is also co-owner of Carillon Clinic, Ltd., a medically-based and physician-supervised skin and body care clinic that arose twenty years ago from Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd.

Dr. Tholen enjoys travel with his wife Sami, and occasionally with one or more of their six children, golf, and plastic surgery teaching trips at least once per year. Besides spending time with his family, Dr. Tholen enjoys all things electronic and sporty automobiles. Sami Tholen, R.N. is a former Mayo Clinic critical care nurse with over 30 years’ experience, most recently as recovery room head nurse at MPS. She can still occasionally be found in the recovery room at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD., caring for patients after their cosmetic surgery. Sami is now mostly involved in ACLS certification, OSHA compliance, and AAAASF accreditation for MPS.

Contact Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon Dr. Richard H. Tholen

It is important to select an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon you trust, both on a personal and professional level, to perform your cosmetic surgery. Dr. Richard H. Tholen invites you to visit his Minneapolis, Minnesota practice to personally discuss your aesthetic concerns with him. Consultations are complimentary and obligation-free. To schedule a meeting with Dr. Tholen, please contact our practice.

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