Richard H. Tholen
Minneapolis Plastic Surgery
It is the sincere goal of the surgeons and staff at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD. to provide for our patients the highest-quality plastic surgery experience. To achieve this goal we will abide by the highest professional standards and truthfully represent our capabilities. We will thoroughly inform our patients and scrupulously guard their confidentiality.
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I saw Doctor Tholen over two years ago for FTM top surgery. I was a minor at the time, and although my parents supported my decision, we were having trouble finding a surgeon who would take me. Legally, I could get surgery after I turned sixteen, but most of the surgeons I spoke to said they might not be able to work with me until I was eighteen. Doctor Tholen said he would perform the surgery as soon as possible, and so we scheduled for the day after my sixteenth birthday.
My consultation with Doctor Tholen was fantastic (as was the rest of his service). We sat down with him and he talked to my family and I about his extensive experience with this procedure, how he's learned and improved the process over time, and where he's at now. He was incredibly transparent. He discussed the recovery process with us, any possible risks, and what we could expect within the next few months. When he finished, he took a pause, and told us (and I'm paraphrasing here), "I apologize if I'm jumping the gun a little bit here. If you're not ready to make this decision yet, please don't feel pressured to. I just generally don't question my patients, I'd rather let you make your own decision. And I figure if you've put in all the effort to get here, you don't need me to question whether or not you're ready." After all of the doctors we'd seen, all of the meetings ending in disappointment, all of the dead ends, we knew exactly what he was talking about.
His service was everything I could have asked for. He always respected my names and pronouns. He handled everything in a very objective manner. He never made me feel emasculated or vulnerable. His assistant (I wish I could remember her name!) was delightful. She almost seemed more excited for me than I was! She kept telling me how great I was going to look, how big of a step it was. I felt like we were on the same team.
I couldn't be happier with the results. Everything looks exactly like what I was hoping for. My scars have faded significantly over time. In certain lights, they're even difficult to see. I couldn't recommend Doctor Tholen more. He changed my life.