Numerous women are having breast implants & breast augmentation procedures done every year. The single most important fact to consider prior to these surgeries is, selecting a plastic surgeon. There are numerous medical societies and associations that breast surgeons can belong to. But the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only medical board that certifies plastic surgeons, after 8 years of education, 5 years of residency training. After the breast surgeon has been certified, they must re-certify often to demonstrate that they are knowledgeable of the latest developments in the field. One of the things a patient should always make sure of, is that thier plastic surgery surgeons are ABPS certified.