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Are Saline Implants Safe?

The government may okay them, if women know the risks.

Calls for Change and Caution

Mark Jewell, a California plastic surgeon who represented ASAPS at the hearings, called for a single consent form to be used nationwide. "We need something that is a plain English explanation for whatever the problems are that could occur," he said.

Ultimately, however, it's up to a woman to ask questions. Julia, for example, signed a consent form but now wishes she had read it more closely.

"My advice to other women considering implants is to learn everything about it," she says, "or don't do it."

Michael D. Towle is based in Chantilly, Va., and writes regularly on health and legal issues for WebMD.

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