Scientific Writing

Writing for medical journals develops physician expertise, a key requisite to practicing at the highest level. Those who write must be curious and question the status quo in order to conceptualize and develop new ideas. Articles submitted to medical journals are only accepted on a peer reviewed basis. This means they must contain ideas worthy of exposure to the practicing community, as decided by respected authorities within the field.

This section contains a sampling of scientific articles written by Dr. Hidalgo for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the most prestigious journal in the field. Two types of articles are included: scientific articles and invited discussions. The latter is expert commentary on a particular article written by another author. A more extensive list of Dr. Hidalgo’s scientific publications are contained in his curriculum vitae.

Facial Surgery

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
This scientific article presents a modern approach to lower eyelid surgery. It focuses on fat transposition, a new method that avoids a hollow appearance after fat removal and also eliminates the “circles” under the eyes. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the merits of a more traditional approach to lower eyelid surgery. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo discusses the issue of using fat grafts in face lift surgery. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on a large series of face lift patients reported from Brazil. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo discusses modern approaches to forehead and brow rejuvenation. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This scientific article describes using cartilage as a graft to strengthen tip support in rhinoplasty. 

Trends in Facial Rejuvenation: Use of Fat Grafting During Face Lifting

Breast Augmentation

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
This scientific article presents strategies for choosing the optimal incision location, implant type, and pocket plane (over or under the muscle) in breast augmentation. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this scientific article Dr. Hidalgo describes a reliable method for accurate implant size selection as developed in his practice. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the relative merits of using “tear drop” shaped implants. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on a large series of patients with saline breast implants. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
This summary article describes current theory and practice in breast augmentation. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on combined breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) procedures.

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the use of anatomical vs. round breast implants. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this scientific article Dr. Hidalgo describes the use of breast implants in patients who have lost significant weight years after breast reduction. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)
In this scientific article Dr. Hidalgo describes current practices and controversies in breast augmentation based on a survey of over 1,000 surgeons. 

Textured, Anatomic, Cohesive Gel Breast Implants

Breast Reduction and Lift(Mastopexy)

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This scientific article describes key technical principles used in vertical (“lolli-pop pattern”) breast reduction. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This is an innovative technique developed by Dr. Hidalgo to reduce the amount of scars necessary for breast reduction in a select population of patients. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This scientific article presents methodology to optimize results in traditional inverted-T (“anchor pattern”) breast reduction. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo argues against a more mechanistic approach to evaluating breast reduction results. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This summary article describes current theory and practice in mastopexy. 

Reconstruction

Prior to focusing on aesthetic surgery exclusively, Dr. Hidalgo developed new methods of reconstruction while Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The most significant breakthrough was in facial reconstruction where the methods he developed have become the standard of care around the world today.

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)Dr. Hidalgo reports on a new method of reconstruction that uses microsurgery to transplant the fibula (leg bone) to replace portions of the jaw removed for tumors. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)In this scientific presentation Dr. Hidalgo presents techniques to artistically shape bone grafts used in facial reconstruction. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This ten year review study documents that facial reconstruction using Dr. Hidalgo’s methods are aesthetically pleasing and permanent. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This scientific article describes minimal scar mastectomy with immediate reconstruction using abdominal tissue. 

David A. Hidalgo MD | Scientific Writing | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)This innovative technique was used to reconstruct a missing shoulder. 

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