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.

Facial Surgery


An Integrated Approach to Lower Blepharoplasty
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.


Traditional Lower Blepharoplasty: Is Additional Support Necessary? A 30-Year Review
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the merits of a more traditional approach to lower eyelid surgery.


Malar Augmentation Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients after Face Lift and Fat Injection
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo discusses the issue of using fat grafts in face lift surgery.


Updating the Concepts on Neck Lift and Lower Third of the Face
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on a large series of face lift patients reported from Brazil.


Finesse in Forehead and Brow Rejuvenation: Modern Concepts, Including Endoscopic Methods
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo discusses modern approaches to forehead and brow rejuvenation.


The Caudal Septum Columellar Strut Graft: An Alternative for Tip Support
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


Choosing the Optimal Incision, Implant, and Pocket Plane
This scientific article presents strategies for choosing the optimal incision location, implant type, and pocket plane (over or under the muscle) in breast augmentation.


Preoperative Sizing in Breast Augmentation
In this scientific article Dr. Hidalgo describes a reliable method for accurate implant size selection as developed in his practice.


Breast Deformity Caused by Anatomical or Teardrop Implant Rotation
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the relative merits of using “tear drop” shaped implants.


Discussion: Prospective Outcome Study of 225 Cases of Breast Augmentation
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on a large series of patients with saline breast implants.


Breast Augmentation Techniques
This summary article describes current theory and practice in breast augmentation.


Discussion: Prospective Comparative Clinical Evaluation of 784 Consecutive Cases of Breast Augmentation and Vertical Mammaplasty, Performed Individually and in Combination
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on combined breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) procedures.


Discussion Anatomical and Round Implants
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the use of anatomical vs. round breast implants.


Postreduction Breast Augmentation
In this scientific article Dr. Hidalgo describes the use of breast implants in patients who have lost significant weight years after breast reduction.


Current Trends and Controversies in Breast Augmentation
In this scientific article Dr. Hidalgo describes current practices and controversies in breast augmentation based on a survey of over 1,000 surgeons.


Intraoperative Comparison of Anatomical Implants
In this scientific article Dr. Hidalgo proves that there is no benefit to using anatomical (tear drop) implants.

Textured, Anatomic, Cohesive Gel Breast Implants

Breast Reduction and Lift(Mastopexy)


Vertical Mammaplasty
This scientific article describes key technical principles used in vertical (“lolli-pop pattern”) breast reduction.


Y-Scar Vertical Mammaplasty
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.


Improving Safety and Aesthetic Results in Inverted T Scar Breast Reduction
This scientific article presents methodology to optimize results in traditional inverted-T (“anchor pattern”) breast reduction.


A Detailed Analysis of the Reduction Mammaplasty Learning Curve: A Statistical Process Model for Approaching Surgical Performance Improvement
In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo argues against a more mechanistic approach to evaluating breast reduction results.


Breast Reduction and Mastopexy Techniques
This summary article describes current theory and practice in mastopexy.


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.


Fibula Free Flap: A New Method of Mandible Reconstruction
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.


Aesthetic Improvements in Free-Flap Mandible Reconstruction
In this scientific presentation Dr. Hidalgo presents techniques to artistically shape bone grafts used in facial reconstruction.


< Free-Flap Mandibular Reconstruction: A 10-Year Follow-Up Study
This ten year review study documents that facial reconstruction using Dr. Hidalgo’s methods are aesthetically pleasing and permanent.


Aesthetic Refinement in Breast Reconstruction: Complete Skin-Sparing Mastectomy with Autogenous Tissue Transfer
This scientific article describes minimal scar mastectomy with immediate reconstruction using abdominal tissue.


Aesthetic Reconstruction of Tikhoff-Linberg Shoulder Defects with a Dual-Pedicle TRAM Free Flap
This innovative technique was used to reconstruct a missing shoulder.

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