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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Methodist Hospitals offers a wide range of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to enhance appearance or repair irregularities that are the result of aging, childbirth, illness or injury.

Methodist Hospitals offers the most advanced treatment options for patients in need of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, including cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery, body contouring for patients after pregnancy and weight loss and more. Our mission is to offer the first quality surgical services in Northwest Indiana that are tailored to each patient’s goals.

Our services include a wide range of cosmetic procedures, including:

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can make a dramatic change in your appearance as you trade in a flabby abdomen for a well-toned, firm, slim abdomen. During a tummy tuck, the surgeon repairs weak or separated abdominal muscles, removes excess fat, and cuts away excess skin before lifting the remaining skin back over the abdomen. There are several types of tummy tuck


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to eliminate fat nagging areas of fat that won’t go away. While liposuction permanently removes the fat, it’s not intended to be used for weight loss. It is a body contouring technique designed to reshape your body by removing pockets of fat that stick around despite diet and exercise. The best candidates for liposuction are patients who are at or near their healthy body weight. Liposuction is safe for most areas of your body, including the face, neck and chin, upper arms, abdomen, hips and buttocks, thighs, knees and calves.

Body Lifts

After you lose weight or deliver a baby, you may end up with loose, sagging skin on your body, arms, or thighs. An arm lift, thigh lift or body lift can help patients regain smooth, tight skin with surgery to lift those problem areas.


If you’ve tried to get rid of your dimpled, lumpy cellulite, you know that diet and exercise often don’t work. That’s because cellulite develops from changes in your skin and the connective tissues below the surface. An excellent solution: safe and effective cellulite reduction is Cellulaze™, a minimally invasive laser treatment.

Mommy Makeover

Pregnant women know they’ll have some weight to lose after delivery, but many aren’t prepared for other changes in their bodies that don’t go away with diet and exercise. A customize mommy makeover can help you regain your pre-pregnancy body — whatever that means for you. Many women find that long after their precious baby arrives, their breasts stay saggy, the skin on their abdomen seems permanently stretched, and tummy bulges just won’t go away.

Breast Surgery

If you’re thinking about enhancing your breast size or shape, you’re not alone. Breast augmentation is the top cosmetic surgery performed in the United States, and the number of women choosing the procedure keeps rising. In addition to enhancing the size of your breasts, you can use implants to change the shape of your breasts. You may also want to improve breast symmetry or simply restore your breasts to their normal size if they changed due to pregnancy or weight loss.

Breast Reduction

Many women don’t realize that having naturally large breasts can be more of a health burden than an asset. The back pain and ongoing discomfort resulting from heavy, large breasts are two reasons why women seek breast reduction surgery.

Facial Rejuvenation

Whether you want to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, grow long, beautiful eyelashes, or finally get rid of an unsightly scar, Methodist Hospitals offers numerous options for facial rejuvenation using today’s most advanced products and procedures, including Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Botox, Lattise and facial fat transfer.

Experienced Specialist

Susan Schneider, MD

Dr. Schneider’s dedication to delivering quality care includes fully understanding the needs and desires of every patient, as well as careful explanation of all treatment options to enable patients to make the best decisions. She is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and an American Board of Surgery fellow.

8777 Broadway, Pavilion C, Merrillville • 219-738-3854

Methodist Hospitals Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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