Tummy Tuck Specialist

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN & Crown Point, IN

A tummy tuck can make a dramatic change in your appearance as you trade in a flabby abdomen for a well-toned profile. Susan Schneider, MD, at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists has helped many patients get the sleek profile of their dreams by performing customized tummy tucks. To schedule a consultation, call the practice in Merrillville, Indiana, or book an appointment online.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is surgery to create a firm, slim abdomen. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Schneider repairs weak or separated abdominal muscles, removes excess fat, and cuts away excess skin. After the remaining skin is lifted back over the abdomen, she resizes and repositions your bellybutton if needed to fit your new, toned abdomen.  

Should I consider a tummy tuck?

Patients who have recently lost weight or delivered a baby often choose a tummy tuck to get their abdomen back in shape. It’s also natural for skin to lose elasticity and sag, and for muscles to lose tone as you get older. Both problems can be solved with a tummy tuck.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck, however, are those who maintain a stable weight. If you have more weight to lose, or you’re on a diet roller coaster, it’s best to wait. If you get a tummy tuck and then gain or lose more weight, you won’t maintain the tight results.

Are there different types of tummy tucks?


Dr. Schneider performs several types of tummy tuck procedures. After reviewing your medical history and evaluating your abdomen, she’ll recommend the procedure that achieves your desired results.

These are a few examples of tummy tucks:

Full or standard tummy tuck

This is a classic tummy tuck that treats your entire abdominal area, toning muscles and removing excess skin and fat.

Extended tummy tuck

You may benefit from this procedure if you need more skin removed from a large area. Dr. Schneider often recommends an extended tummy tuck for patients who have lost a large amount of weight and have a significant amount of loose skin.

Mini tummy tuck

Mini tummy tucks focus only on excess skin below the navel. You may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck when your upper abdominal area is in good shape but you’ve become a little flabby below your belly button.

If you’re ready to improve your appearance with a tummy tuck, call The Methodist Physician Group Specialists or book an appointment online.