Tanya Sij is like more than 230,000 women who've had tummy tucks over the past two years.

She can count the reasons she had her surgery on one hand.

"I've had five children and no amount of weight loss, setups, pushups, exercise would get rid of the loose skin from birthing five children," Tanya said.

She interviewed a handful of doctors--then saw a woman who recently had a tummy tuck.

"I’ve got to know, that is who I want to use." Tanya recalled.

The doctors turned out to be Harlan Pollock and Todd Pollock--father and son plastic surgeons who developed the progressive tension sutures procedure.

Dr. Pollack said most surgeons get rid of loose skin by pulling it tight like a bed sheet--but his technique uses a series of sutures to keep the skin in place.

"It holds the tissues together so that when the patient moves everything moves as a unit, plus it's held tightly together so there really is no reason to use drains after surgery," Dr. Pollock said.

The drains collect fluids--sometimes for up to three weeks.

Dr. Pollock has used the procedure since the 80's and after nearly 600 cases found less than 1% actually collected fluid and none had developed blood clots due to too much bed rest.

Their technique is reviewed in the August Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Pollock’s son Todd joined the practice in 1997.

"Basically the concept of this technique is really basically good surgical technique, closing dead space and putting things back the way you found them,” Dr. Pollock said.

Todd helped tweak the procedure so that it's more easily replicated by other surgeons. The Pollock duo believes about a third of American plastic surgeons are using the technique while an estimated 60% of European and South American surgeons are doing likewise.

Tanya was up and around almost immediately.

"I walked down the hall and I was standing straight up and there are other physician patients all hunched over and I'm walking down the hall and I feel wonderful," Tanya said.

And when you look good, you feel good.

"Pretty much erased the effects of having five children," Tonya said with a laugh.