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Richard Tholen

'With over 27 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, 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 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 a talented and artistic 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 the past two decades.

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, suction-assisted lipoplasty (liposuction) and 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 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) 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 five 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.


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