I don't know if any of your remember me mentioning this about a good friend of mine who at age 25 had breast cancer. She had a modified radical mastectomy. She had reconstruction about 4 yrs later paid for it herself, since ins didn't cover it back then. Well, she called me this morning to see how I was doing. I told her ok, and how was she. She said she'd been feeling down, she had gained a lot of weight, her hair was thining, her nails were brittle,etc. Most of all since her weight gain, her regular breast or good breast is much larger than her reconstructed one. She told me she is considering having a mastectomy on her good breast because she feels her risk is up again even though she's been fine. She has had problems with her reconstructed one, it leaked several years ago. She talked to a surgeon and they told her they don't use the TRAM flap or DEIP method as much because of physical complications! I'm wondering if those surgeons aren't too sure of themselves in doing it that way. They told her it isn't as popular anymore. I recomended her to go to my Dr.s Have any of you ladies heard this about not using your own tissue as much?