Dr. Timothy Schaefer, MD

Plastic Surgery  |  
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Age 46
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Dr. Timothy Schaefer, MD
I always loved building things. This led to an extensive education in engineering, but after completing a Masters degree and beginning a career in consulting, I realized it wasn't for me. Growth and success in that business eventually led to management or sales. I do not enjoy being a salesman. There are very few jobs where the creativity and manual labor are part of your daily routine. With all my science background, surgery seemed like a natural fit. I never grew up thinking I would be a plastic surgeon, but one of the early reconstructive surgery I saw in medical school convinced me otherwise. I witnessed a patient that had a cancer of his gum line that required half of his jaw to be removed. We reconstructed the defect with one of the lower leg bones (fibula) that was moved as a free-tissue transfer, requiring microvascular connections of the artery and vein to provide the transferred tissue with a blood supply. I was hooked. This led to in-depth training at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta. Cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery are based on many of the same principles, furthering my interest by combining attention to detail, artistry, and technical skills. 17 years later, I am confident that I made the right choice.

6545 France Ave S Ste 350

Edina, MN 55435

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Dr. Timothy Schaefer, MD

Dr. Timothy Schaefer, MD

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  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MVP Health Care
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Wells Fargo Insurance

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Care Philosophy

I work to provide each patient with a safe, unique, and tailored experience that incorporates their values and desires using an artistic vision, technical skills and a caring, straight-forward manner.
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Dr. Schaefer's Experience

Dr. Schaefer's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Plastic Surgery
  • Board certified in Plastic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Benign Tumor
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Cosmetic Conditions
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Gynecomastia
  • Large Breasts
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Skin Cancer


  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Gynecomastia Repair
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Liposuction
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Pigmentation Defect
  • Skin Excision for Hidradenitis
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Notre Dame
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • Emory Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Emory University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Emory University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Stanford University
    Other Education | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Schaefer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Schaefer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Schaefer to family and friends
based on 21 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Schaefer's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Chanhassen, MN |
I am so happy that I went with Dr. Schaefer for a hernia repair/tummy tuck. It has been two years since my surgery, and I have never regretted it. I had an umbilical and ventral hernia after a pregnancy in which I had a very large baby. They were very painful and needed surgery. Dr Schaefer was very professional and did amazing work! My scar healed beautifully. I recommend Dr Schaefer to anyone that mentions to me they are considering a tummy tuck! I would also recommend him for botox!
Minneapolis, MN |
Dr. Schaefer came highly recommended to me and now I will pass along the recommendation to others. Dr. Schaefer is known as a perfectionist and I truly appreciate that. Our visits were short, sometimes strikingly short, but he always answered my questions and his staff was always available for questions too. I'm very happy with the results of all his work.
in Minneapolis, MN |
I have worked with Dr. Schaefer for the last 4 years after having a double mastectomy. He is an artist who strives for perfection in his work. He was compassionate and attentive. I always felt that I had a say in procedures and options for my reconstructive surgery. He was a perfectionist and made suggestions for fixing problems that bothered me. No request was denied or ignored. He exhibits that rare combination of quality and compassion, sometimes lacking in other physicians today.
in Rosemount, MN |
Dr. Schaefer met with me before my bilateral mastectomy and explained the plastic surgery options. He is professional and a gifted surgeon. I have seen him off and on since 2009, and I highly recommend him for anyone going through breast cancer. I am pleased with my reconstructed breasts.
in Bloomington, MN |
Dr. Schaefer is Professional, Ethical And caring. Surgery can be stressful But necessary. I was informed of Step by step procedures pre/ post Operative. I would highly recommend Dr. Schaefer.
in Minneapolis, Minnesota |
He was wonderful. Will listen to you. Did a great job! Went from DDDD to small C or larger B cup. I asked him to make them as small as possible. We discussed this at some length and he did. I love the reduction. Now I am running- something inconceivable to me before.
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Dr. Schaefer accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
    Blue Cross Accord
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MVP Health Care
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wells Fargo Insurance

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Hospitals where Dr. Schaefer has admitting privileges

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 E 28th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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Fairview Southdale Hospital
6401 France Ave S
Edina, MN 55435
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Ridgeview Medical Center
500 S Maple St
Waconia, MN 55387
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