Dr. Richard Tholen

Plastic Surgery
Minneapolis, MN
43 years experience male

Locations

Office

Minneapolis, MN

Address

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

Thursday: 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Acne is not caused: By hormonal imbalance, but is a hormonally-related concern. There are no herbs that can treat acne. See a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis, care, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Xray and MD.: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
All options are poor: Keloids are over-aggressive scar formation, so surgical excision only gives a larger scar that itself often keloids (unless it can eliminate bleeding... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Older implant issues: Many of the "horror stories" are related to either older generations of implants that are no longer in use today, or to "junk science" popularized by ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Tests: Blood test for antibodies; cultures (take a long time) for organism. Some infectious agents are more difficult (and dangerous) to diagnose than others... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Get X-ray and see MD: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Carefully!: Autopsy is performed before embalming, and multiple areas of evidence can point to strangulation. Asphyxiation (hypoxia) would be the cause of death; ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
They leave a mark!: Staples (and stitches) provide support and alignment to healing tissue cuts, though the ones on the skin surface are the ones patients see and worry a... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Training : Physician assistants have much, but not all, of the training of a medical doctor, and must work under the license and supervision of a doctor. But fro... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Probably not!: Since loose skin is removed and your eyes are more open and refreshed in appearance, there can be more tear evaporation, dry or irritated eyes, and ot... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Usually yes,: If they are providers under your insurance plan. Most dos accept the same insurance reimbursement as mds, but check with your individual doctor, regar... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Depends on area!: If you want a rhinoplasty (for example) after childbirth, once you have adequate care for your newborn and are doing well yourself (and if you are bre... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Hard to tell without: In-person examination. Pigmentation changes can be a result of inflammation coupled with ultraviolet exposure, but this is such a broad question that ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Depends on severity: A sprain is damage to the supportive ligaments around a joint, such as an ankle, elbow, or knee. Depending on the pre-existing laxity of the tissues, ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
After workup : You can always wear clothing and upper body athletic stretch garments to help hide gynecomastia, but not until your doctor has ruled out hormonal or m... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
An Ophthalmologist: Who has additional training in cosmetic surgery of the periorbital area. Oculoplastic surgeons typically would perform blepharoplasties (eyelid lifts)... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Examination needed!: Without an examination, nobody can guess what a pigmented spot near your c-section scar is. Very dark or black is more worrisome than brown or skin co... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Well. . . : Bowel regularity is different for each of us, and once a day may not be "normal" for many. Once a week is probably "not enough" and may qualify as con... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes.: Though you have to watch out for ingrown hairs as the hair regrows, waxing is safe as long as the wax isn't so hot it burns you! some of the skin in t... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Hypertrophic scars: And keloids are types of abnormal scarring (caused by genetics, and aggravated by inflammation during healing). Both can last more than a year after s... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Maybe, maybe not!: If your overall growth is stable and your breasts have stopped growing for at least 6-12 months, you could be a candidate for breast reduction surgery... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
It's a misnomer!: Lasers, rf, infrared, and ultrasonic or combined devices only treat the surface, and improvements are truly minimal in most cases. Unless this is less... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Take some Vitamin A: If you have a proven vitamin a deficiency, then oral and injectable vitamin a treatments are available. Night blindness, xerophthalmia, and susceptibi... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
See a dermatologist!: "white patch" is pretty nonspecific, especially without a photograph or physical examination. You should see a dermatologist who can diagnose and reco... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Not really!: Massage and vibrating belt machines may cause temporary swelling in the surface of the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. But once the swelli... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Not new or better!: This is just one brand of power-assisted liposuction. It still involves surgery, and all of the potential risks and complications thereof, particular... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
You might!: If you had unprotected sex 4 days ago you could indeed be pregnant--when exactly did you last ovulate? Since your periods (at least your last two) wer... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes it's possible!: Even withdrawal before ejaculation can cause pregnancy as sperm is still present in the pre-ejaculate. Missing one's birth control and having unprotec... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Not usually!: I am a plastic surgeon, and my undergraduate degrees were in math and physics. A squared + b squared = c squared, where a and b are the sides of a rig... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes, but . . .: You have to take the time to see your doctor for a prescription, or to try one of many otc supplements/diet aids/appetite suppressants out there. Most... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Go to cosmetic: Counter at a major retailer such as macy's, sak's, or bloomingdales, where each cosmetic vendor has trained personnel to help you with your skin type ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 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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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
SPF: Sun protection factor refers to the number of hours of sun exposure that would be equivalent to 1 hour of sun exposure without the sunscreen. Thus, fo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Need a prescription!: Finasteride (brand names Proscar and Propecia (finasteride) by merck, among other generic names) is a synthetic type ii 5?-reductase inhibitor. This e... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Need more info: How long has this been present? Any other areas of the body involved? New clothing, laundry soap, or bedsheets? Could be contact dermatitis or allergi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Many bacteria!: Necrotizing fasciitis ("flesh-eating disease") is a rare tissue infection usually caused by strep a, but now often mrsa--methicillin-resistant staph ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
NO!: Laser or any kind of liposuction is not a weight loss treatment; it is used for removing or sculpting localized fat deposits in someone who is at or n... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Healed and not sore!: This may take a few days to as long as a week or so. Sex prior to healing may be both uncomfortable and delay healing, so waiting may be best early on... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Depends when op done: Within the first week or so after surgery when incisions are not yet durable, excessive activity or stretching could open up a minute portion of your ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Now!: Smoke is smoke and carbon monoxide is present in both. Besides, pot is illegal in many areas, but even if its use is "medicinal" i'd stop at least 2 w... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
No magic!: There is no "special diet" or pill, cream, or supplement that work better than eating less and exercising more! it's all about calories in (eating) vs... 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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