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.

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


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


In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the relative merits of using “tear drop” shaped implants.


In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on a large series of patients with saline breast implants.


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

In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on combined breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) procedures.


In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on a five year study using Sientra breast implants.


In this invited discussion Dr. Hidalgo comments on the use of anatomical vs. round breast implants.


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


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