Plastic Surgery

Life is full of compromises, but your personal appearance shouldn’t be one of them. If you are considering undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, you will need a board certified plastic surgeon you can trust.

Reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Schaefer has dedicated his career to providing patients like you with natural results and compassionate care. Having been an engineer prior to becoming a surgeon, he brings a unique way of drawing on his skills to help you achieve your reconstructive or cosmetic surgery goals.

We offer a complete suite of plastic surgery procedures for patients looking to gain or restore self-confidence and natural outcomes. We educate our patients in a relaxed atmosphere where their input matters and explain each of the options clearly.

Our courteous and professional staff strives to generate a comfortable environment from consultation to recovery. Because of our attention to detail, we’re known for our quality patient care.

What Sets Dr. Schaefer Apart Plastic Surgery

Dr. Schaefer draws on his unique background for his work. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University. He then completed his medical school education at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta, where he graduated in the top 5 of his class. He then went on to his general surgery residency and fellowship training in plastic surgery, also at Emory University.

Dr. Schaefer built upon his training from renowned medical institutions to develop techniques with more natural outcomes, enhanced recoveries, and optimum patient safety.

With a focus on reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Schaefer offers a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures. He is skilled in the surgical treatment of skin cancers, grafting techniques for reconstructive and cosmetic applications, breast surgery, and general trunk and lower extremity reconstructive surgeries. He’s well-versed in advanced facial plastic surgery techniques for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), facelift, brow lift, neck lift, and more.

He is also known for his body contouring with the use of SAFELipo®, microsurgery, fat grafting, and his advanced reconstructive procedures.

With careful planning and a problem-solving approach, Dr. Schaefer customizes his strategy to optimize your outcome.

Visit Dr. Schaefer’s Bio page to learn more about our award-winning reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon.

Delivering Beautiful Results through Modern Plastic Surgery Techniques

Dr. Schaefer does more than utilize the latest and most advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment right here in Minneapolis; he strives to apply the best methods for a patient’s unique case, even if that means a more technically demanding surgery.

Throughout his career, Dr. Schaefer has seen multiple trends and fads come and go; however, he’s not one to turn a blind eye to innovation. Dr. Schaefer integrates state-of-the-art techniques into his practice that have been medically proven in terms of efficacy and safety.

Dr. Schaefer offers the Tummy Tuck 360™, an innovative technique for body contouring, the mommy makeover, and a tummy tuck that uses the state-of-the-art SAFELipo® liposuction technique. With the Tummy Tuck 360™ and SAFELipo®, Dr. Schaefer offers a new paradigm for sculpting the body with an improved recovery and natural results.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Schaefer understands that plastic surgery is a momentous decision. We understand completely that you have placed your trust in us, and that leaves us with a great sense of responsibility. Everyone at our practice, from our patient coordinators, to our office staff, and of course Dr. Schaefer, is dedicated to your safety and complete satisfaction with your experience. From the moment you call us, or when you walk into our office and all through the final recovery and results, we want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, and confident that you have made the right choice.

What Will My Consultation Entail?

Your consultation is a crucial step for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, which is why Dr. Schaefer will meet with you personally for your plastic surgery consultation. If you’re seeking a cosmetic procedure, your consultation will be complimentary. During this meeting, you will undergo a thorough medical examination and discuss why you want plastic surgery. If found to be a suitable candidate for plastic surgery, he and his professional staff will help you decide the best procedure most suited to your body and desired goals.

You may see examples of Dr. Schaefer’s work from before and after pictures of patients who had the same concerns and questions as you. He will let you know if your desired outcome is reasonable and advisable, or recommend alternatives and the reasons why. In addition, you will know just how long the procedure will take and what to expect during your recovery period. We believe deeply in informing our patients, so Dr. Schaefer gladly address any of your questions and concerns during your consultation.

He will clearly and concisely explain the procedure and what to expect. He will not rush you and will answer your every question about plastic surgery in detail. He will thoroughly discuss your expectations and tell you honestly whether your personal goals can be met. Dr. Schaefer believes in giving sound advice, even if that advice is to do nothing.

Are You a Suitable Candidate for Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery should be a decision made for you and no one else. Patients suitable for plastic surgery:

  • Are physically healthy.
  • Have realistic expectations.
  • Understand the risks involved.
  • Seek to rejuvenate their appearance.
  • Seek to reconstruct parts of their body damaged due to disease or disfigurement.
  • Want to restore their body to pre-pregnancy appearance.
Lori Beck, RN

Lori Beck, RN - Primary Assistant to Dr. Schaefer

Dr. Schaefer has an invaluable staff of medical and administrative personnel who keep his practice running smoothly at Midwest Plastic Surgery.  His primary assistant is Lori Beck, RN. Lori started off as a cardiac nurse taking care of critically ill patients with complex heart conditions. After raising her two daughters, she reentered a life in medicine by joining the plastic surgery field. Today, she has over 20 years of medical experience. Lori has in-depth medical expertise as well as a compassion and a great ease with patients. She not only assists Dr. Schaefer in preparing patients for surgery and assisting with their recovery, she also serves as his care coordinator and scheduler. As a critical asset of Dr. Schaefer’s care, all of Dr. Schaefer’s patients get to know and appreciate Lori.

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Our Locations

6545 France Ave. S.,
Suite 350,
Edina, MN 55435

560 S. Maple St.,
Suite 400,
Waconia, MN 55387

Phone: 952-920-2600

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Dr. Schaefer and Katie, Thank you for taking good care of me again and fitting me into your busy schedules at short notice! I consider this a speed bump in life and not another pothole – I appreciate your...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, Two years ago today I had my mastectomy and started reconstruction. I’m now cancer free 2 years and feeling great – thanks to you and the rest of my medical team. I hope your wife continues to...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, We just wanted to thank you for being such a great surgeon for us last week. You did an excellent job and we look forward to our follow-up visits. We appreciated your professionalism and awesome bedside manners...Read More »

Thank you very much Dr. Schaefer! They look great and I feel great.Read More »

Dr Schaefer, Once again I/we get the opportunity to thank you for your skills, understanding and professionalism! It is healing to be able to trust in someone with one’s healthRead More »

You are unbelievable! Thank you for everything!Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer, Thank you once again! You are the best doctor I ever had.Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, Special thanks and appreciation to you for the difference you have made in my life this past year. Thank you for your kindness and expertise! Happy Holidays!Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer, Thank you seems so very inadequate for what you have done for me. Your skills as a surgeon goes without saying but as human being, I have found you to be Mary Poppins like “Practically Perfect”...Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer, From the shock of finding out what I had to face through reconstruction, I was ever-grateful to be in your care. Thank you so much for making the process a matter-of-fact reality. Thank you for doing...Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer, Thank you so much for the great care and compassion you’ve shown me as I’ve embarked on this reconstruction journey following my mastectomy I am blessed to be under your care.Read More »

Dr Schaefer, I know you aren’t done with me yet but I want to thank you for what you have done so far. Your skills, combined with respect and caring, have made an emotional and painful experience tolerable. I...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, When I was diagnosed with cancer five months ago, I tried to face each step as positively as I could. I knew I needed to trust the people being brought into my life. You may not remember,...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, It is difficult to put into words, but you have created a distance between ME and CANCER that I have not felt until now. I will always be grateful! Thank you for being so good at what...Read More »

Dear Amber and Dr. Schaefer, It is a special part of this wonderful season to take a moment to send my warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families! You have both...Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer and Staff, Thank you for all of your help and support this year. You are a great medical team and I feel lucky to have had your help. Wishing all of you the best this holiday...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer and Crew, Thanks for all the superb care and support in my breast cancer adventure. Happy Holidays!Read More »

Dear Doctor Tim, I am so grateful for all your kind and caring work you for me. I feel blessed to have you as my Doctor and will miss you very much. Thank you so much for your gentle...Read More »

Dear Dr Schaefer, Amber & Staff, Here I am in Texas for a week standing at the water & relaxing. It is providing a great opportunity to do a lot of reading on breast cancer & to reflect on...Read More »

Oh, Dr Schaefer, Once again I am so thankful that God brought you to be my plastic surgeon. Not sure you could tell how afraid I was when I came in this week, but you gave me peace about...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, Thank you so very much for being part of the expert, “Loving Yourself” breast cancer awareness went we received very positive feedback from women attending and I value your significant contribution to Ridgeview. Thank you again for...Read More »

Hi Tim, I just wanted to say thank you for your kindness and support as I’ve dealt with this frustrating leg issue. It helps so much to know there is someone I can call when things get scary and...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, Thank you so much for your exceptional care before, during (don’t remember but I’m sure) and after my surgery. I so appreciated your attention to detail and remarkable work. Thanks for everything!Read More »

Dr. Schaefer Thank you so much for your gentle touch and caring hand during my surgery! I appreciate your sincere desire to make this process as pleasant as possible! CheersRead More »

Because of you we are able to have a very happy Christmas. I remember you every evening in prayer. The scars have faded quite well and the redness is gone. See you again in AugustRead More »

Thank you for ALL you work on me. You made me feel whole again.Read More »

Dr Schaefer, Amber and Debbie, I want to thank all of you for your care for me this past year. I appreciate your talent and your compassion. May you each have a lovely holiday season and many blessings in...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer Thank you for being so wonderful to my mother! You made a difference in her world!Read More »

Dr. Schaefer M.D, & Staff, Thank you for helping me get through this. Dr Schaefer I am glad you are one of my doctors, you are kind and reassuring. And I am happy with the work so far, I...Read More »

Dr Schaefer, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for being so kind, caring and compassionate towards my mother during her entire journey with breast cancer. She lost her battle August 3, 2013. From the beginning...Read More »

…with a little “Hi” and a Thank You for a Great DNS Visit. I enjoyed meeting you and your staff. Thank you for being there.Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer, I just wanted to send a thank you for all the hard work you did. I know it would not be possible to have my finger right now if it wasn’t for you. I use it...Read More »

Dear Friends at Midwest Plastic Surgery Thank you for your help in getting me through this past year. You were always kind and considerate. Happy Thanksgiving and please know you are appreciated. Love.Read More »

Dear Tim Schaefer, Wishing you a festive Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thanks so much for the new me!Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer, I am grateful for you (Lori and staff) and what you have done and will do for me. In this Thanksgiving season, may you know God’s bountiful blessings.  Read More »

Dear Dr Schaefer, Lori, Nicole and Staff, Thank you so much for your excellent care and guidance over the last few months. While no one expects to get breast cancer, you made dealing with it and the treatment process...Read More »

Dr Schaefer, I’ve referred to you in much the same way as my experience with the Mayo Clinic. I feel safe, cared for; I’m in the hands of a true professional. You have a friendly, approachable bedside manner that...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, Thank you so much for the care you have given me. This has been a tough experience to go through. I would recommend you to anyone who has to go through this. I know I have one...Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer and Abbot Staff, I just wanted to thank you Dr. Schaefer and the wonderful caring individuals that took such good care of me. They made me so comfortable and were so gentle and nice. Please thank...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, I am feeling great and happy with my results – so glad to have this behind me. Thank you for everything.Read More »

Dear Doctor, Thank you doing my surgery. I failed to tell you that I have a horrible anxiety disorder and it got the best of me that day. Please do not think I was second guessing your expertise. You...Read More »

Dr. Schaefer, Lori, Sara and Staff: I want to thank you for kind, personal and patient centre case. You all took the time to listen, discuss and help. I appreciate your willingness to be through and do your best...Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer: I want to express our gratitude for an excellent reconstructive surgery procedure and care afterwards. Your professionalism and kindness shown toward us was greatly appreciated during a tense period. We feel it aided in the healing...Read More »

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My genuine, deep appreciation. I’m thrilled with my final results. You are amazing.Read More »

Dear Dr. Schaefer, Lori & Midwest Staff. God bless you at Christmas and always! I appreciate all you have done for me. Having people like you – makes this cancer journey a lot easier to deal with. Merry Christmas!Read More »

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