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Dr. Richard Tholen

Plastic Surgery
Minneapolis, MN
42 years experience male

Locations

Office

Minneapolis, MN

Address

4825 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Tholen is co-owner, senior partner, and president of Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd. He 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 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He has completed additional training in cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, suction-assisted lipoplasty (liposuction) and ultrasonic liposuction, and laser surgery. 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 laser courses nationally, and has been an invited laser surgery instructor (multiple wavelengths) in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Tholen has authored several journal articles in the peer-reviewed plastic surgical literature, two book chapters, and has written and presented over 150 papers on all aspects of cosmetic surgery and other plastic surgical procedures as visiting professor, invited lecturer at national plastic surgery meetings, and individually over the past twenty five years. He has been a case reviewer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare, has served as president of both the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons and Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, and is a committed advocate for advanced training, education, and certification for doctors who perform cosmetic surgery. Dr. Tholen has performed reconstructive cleft lip and palate surgery for children in Peru, Venezuela, Philippines, Romania, and Honduras as a plastic surgeon 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. Dr. Tholen completed training and Board-Certification in General Surgery, followed by full training and Board Certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, providing the depth and full breadth of clinical and surgical experience as foundation for his aesthetic and artistic surgical expertise. His Minneapolis plastic surgical practice is recognized not only for excellence in cosmetic breast surgery, facial surgery, body lifting and contouring, and laser surgery, but also for transgender surgical procedures over the past twenty years. Dr. Tholen has taught specifics of transgender plastic surgery at 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 over fifteen 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 30 years’ experience. She can often be found in the recovery room at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, caring for patients after their cosmetic surgery.

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Plastic Surgery

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665 Answers
218 Agrees
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Just say N0!: This is not a laser. It is a flash lamp. The likelihood of it being able to generate enough energy to actually destroy the hair follicle is pretty low... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Necrosis of skin: Dermal fillers are safe if used according to manufacturer's guidelines, and if injected properly by an experienced injector. Infection is extremely ra... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: On the size of the infected cyst and the amount of inflamed tissue around it. You may still need antibiotic therapy and local wound care to minimize s... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
It gets bigger/worse: Stimulating more healing is the worst thing to do for keloids, which are caused by over-aggressive healing (genetic) tendencies. That's why surgery is... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Damage by infection: The lesions associated with chicken pox do itch, and scratching per se does not cause scarring, but can lead to superficial infection brought to the s... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Only the tiniest : The "gold standard" still is sclerotherapy, but lasers are becoming more effective and with less side effects, if performed by an expert in laser ther... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Cosmetic surgery: Is not for weight loss. That being said, if you have already lost around 100 pounds via diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, there is a lot of loos... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Surgeon: Assuming you want this cyst removed, a general surgeon, plastic surgeon, or derm surgeon can deal with this properly. Incision and drainage is usually... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Both help the seller: Neither "helps" the buyer/user more than the other, or many other such products out there. Diet and exercise, along with fewer calories taken in, is t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
No: A mouth fibroma may be a benign growth that is firm and non-cancerous, and could even be one type called a "bite fibroma" caused by repeated (inadvert... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Infected?: If there is progressive pain, redness, swelling, or drainage (pus), then the bite(s) could be infected and need care and antibiotics. See your doctor.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
If open sore--yes!: It doesn't matter "where" the kiss is, it matters where the open, moist, infected viral particles exist that can enter a tiny opening (yes, even "chap... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
See how it goes: If you truly had an abscess, incision and drainage (plus antibiotics in some cases) may be all that is needed. However, it can heal over and recur, wh... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Use references: You should ask a trusted referring doctor locally, or go online to surgery.Org for abps-certified plastic surgeons who are also members of the america... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery: If you have lots of tiny white dots that look like small pimples, these are Fordyce spots, and are essentially normal. If one or more larg(er) cysts a... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Lipomatosis not cyst: Without an exam it is impossible to state accurately, but your description sounds like lipomatosis, which is numerous benign fatty tumors (not cancer)... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
It starts to heal: Most sebaceous cysts do not rupture on their own without some "help" in the form of picking, squeezing, or popping with a needle. If they become infec... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Scars are permanent: You can help them be as minimally-visible as possible, but if they are below the mid-dermis, they are permanent, and no surgeon or technique presently... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Stitch, tape or glue: Depending on the depth of the injury, deeper structures may also need to be repaired (tendons, nerves, ducts), and if these are missed by just closing... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Nope!: Local anesthesia (a small needle stick is all that is needed) makes this completely painless, and the post-removal discomfort is very mild--tylenol is... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Palmaris longus: The palmar is longus is a tendon that has no motion function like others in your wrist, but is thought to help stabilize the wrist. It is commonly har... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe.: You would be expected to have discomfort for some time after surgery, but after several months it should be diminishing. Your question is truthfully a... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Scar revision.: If the scar is irregular, thick, or wide, no topical of any kind will be helpful, but plastic surgical scar revision under local anesthesia may give t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Sure, and I have : Some miracle water from some (glacier, artesian well, hot spring, lourdes) that will make all of those dead sea products seem like duds! sorry, but pr... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
6-8 hours; depends!: Lots of factors come into play, like age and health of patient, type of operation, location, and type of anesthesia. Patients require warmth, fluids, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
None REMOVES!: Scars are permanent and cannot be removed or eliminated by any surgeon or technique presently in existence. There are scar pads (silicone sheets) and ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: They will likely be small and relatively inconspicuous when healed, especially if kept out of the sun or tanning bed while pink (6-12 months). But the... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Derm consult: Rosacea cannot be "cured" but can be controlled, and the symptoms treated. Redness of facial skin is an early sign, and can be effectively treated by ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
This is a fungus!: "ringworm" is such a bad lay term--it has nothing to do with worms at all, and refers to fungal skin infections that can have a circular irritated app... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Age 18, if needed: If you are at or close to ideal weight, have localized excess fatty tissues, and have good overlying skin tone, you are a good candidate to see an abp... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
In bio waste bag: The skin, fat, and blood/fluid removed during surgery is discarded as biologic waste and is incinerated. Whatever tissue weight is removed is gone, bu... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Blood test: Unless your doctor has a reason to order a blood type and screen (such as when you need a transfusion), the only way to find your blood type would be ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Oh NO! It's the drea: I'll bet that headline caught your eye! really, without an examination, no online consultant can give you help. Except to tell you to use a condom whe... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Certainly can be!: Swelling and congestion can last for weeks or longer, and you shouldn't even blow your nose for the first 3-4 weeks! this will continue to improve as ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Not good!: This is neither normal, nor something that can be commented on properly by an online consultant. See your surgeon, or obtain another opinion by an abp... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Pressure relief: Is what is needed in addition to good nutrition. Prostat is a protein drink (good) that may help poor nutrition, but will not do anything to relieve p... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Mistakes, & failure: To diagnose unsuspected health issues in otherwise healthy-appearing individuals requesting elective surgery. In the 26 years i've been in practice (h... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Lots!: That's why they're rare!
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Turbinate surgery: Can relieve your symptoms if properly performed. Partial inferior turbinectomies or turbinoplasties can open your airways without excessive dryness or... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Irrigate; move: A gastric tube can be clogged by the high-sugar viscous nutrition or medications sent through them. When clogged, a nurse will irrigate them to dissol... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Good nutrition: "extra" vitamins are not going to help you stay younger-appearing or make your skin stronger or more youthful. Good nutrition is always important, but... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Plastic surgery: Natural skin elasticity can provide moderate degrees of re-tightening (think heidi klum's tummy after 4 children!), but others with less favorable gen... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Nope! Really!: If this existed, we would all know about it, since surgery and skin removal with scarring is needed to tighten and firm the breasts, or placement of i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
No way exists: To rejuvenate or revive dead or absent hair follicles. Only hair transplantation (follicular subunit micrografts are the best) can restore hair to bal... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Nasogastric tube: A nasogastric tube is used to evacuate stomach contents. It is commonly used in surgery when the stomach contents need to be removed, or when the GI t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
OK, please ask!: This forum is suitable only for short question/short answer issues that must be general in nature, since no online consultant has the benefit of a det... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
None. Won't work!: My short answer says it all. There is no "natural" substance or product that enlarges breasts, including hormone creams or "bioidentical" estrogen sou... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Scarring: Depending on how the bcc is removed (and of course its size) there will be a scar. If a plastic surgeon who is skilled in these excisions performs the... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Improve, not remove: All scars are permanent, and no surgeon or surgical technique presently in existence can completely remove or eliminate scars. Skilled plastic surgery... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
ECG, plus . . .: Holter monitor, and stress tests while being monitored. There are also functional tests that evaluate the pumping adequacy, and diagnostic tests such ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dec 30, 2012
Precise answers speak volumes about his depth of knowledge.
I recommend this physician!
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Tholen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I got my burns two days ago and when I go out I got so embarrassed and worried, I started to think it would take time to heal but 1 week I can handle.
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I though that if you have internal hemorrhoids, then you should not consume beverages that dehydrate your body such as coffee and alcohol?
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

MAYO CLINIC

Residency

MAYO CLINIC

Awards

Past-president Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons
Past-president Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
Top Doctor, Second Place, Minneapolis, MN - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd.
Carillon Clinic
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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