Dr. Devgan $65
The New York-based plastic surgeon is on a mission to meet her patients wherever they are.
Written By JAYME CYK
VIOLET GREY profiles female beauty entrepreneurs who are considered industry game changers because of their individual approach to business. Each one entered the conversation in her own manner and maintained a steady, if not unparalleled, trajectory with her indomitable spirit. Here, we talk to Dr. Devgan founder Dr. Lara Devgan.
If you want to get something done, ask Dr. Lara Devgan, who might be one of the busiest women in the beauty industry. The board-certified, Yale-educated, Johns Hopkins Medical School-instructed, and Columbia New York Presbyterian Hospital-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon simultaneously runs her practice, Scientific Beauty skin care line, and Beauty Bosses podcast, she is also a mother of six (ages nine months to seven years!).
Busy might even be an understatement, but Devgan focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Half of her practice tends to be facelifts, eyelid surgery, and breast augmentation. The other half is made up of minimally invasive facial optimizations, mostly with injectables. “I became interested in plastic surgery because it was the perfect marriage of science and aesthetics,” she says. “Symmetry, proportion, and beauty balance was so appealing to me.”
In 2015, Devgan bottled up her in-office results into Scientific Beauty, her collection of high-performance skin care. “There are almost no brands out there that are backed by an actual plastic surgeon,” she says. “Having a fully vertical integrated practice has allowed me to meet people wherever they are and that means I'm not going to over promise. No skin care product is as good as an injectable and no injectable is as good as surgery.” The range is made up of 15 products, but Devgan specifically called out her Platinum Long Lash as a hero, a proprietary eyelash growth serum, which has been clinically proven to grow longer, stronger, thicker, and healthier eyelashes. “I think that eyelashes frame the eyes, which are the most beautiful feature of the face,” she says. “If you add a millimeter or 2 millimeters to the lash length you can take someone who looks ordinary and make them look feminine and exquisite. Also, It's a product that is safe for women at all times in life including nursing and pregnancy.”
As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Devgan launched a podcast in 2018 called Beauty Bosses, which was created to give a voice to some of the amazing men and women she encounters daily. “I found that so many of my friends and patients and people in my Rolodex have these incredible stories, and they're the founders of these amazing brands or they have important roles in media or art or fashion,” she explains. “The purpose of Beauty Bosses was just to give those people a voice. I find it tiresome how much of what we do is self-promotional. It's necessary and required, but I really liked the idea of doing something that was professional and was about other people.”
That said, Devgan is set on rewriting the script about what beauty brands are supposed to be. “I know beauty is a billion dollar industry and for so long it has been marginalized and kind of put on the periphery of important conversations as it pertains to women,” she says. “We are living in a very powerful time where beauty can mean many different things to many different people. I like being able to empower other women and being a role model to young women growing up wondering if they can have it all: if they can be a mom and still run a successful practice.”
What is the atmosphere of your bedroom?
My bedroom is functional chic with a side of six young kids. When we go to bed at night it's more on the chic end of the spectrum where it's beautiful and serene. Then as the night progresses more children, more milk bottles, and more stuffed animals come into our room, so it gets more functional by the morning.
We have a big bed with a beautifully lit headboard that also serves as a space for our favorite novels or cell phones. I like our bed because it's a place where our whole family can snuggle and gather in the morning. We keep our most important things on the headboard like fancy earrings, a cell phone, chocolate milk, or a stuffed animal.
My kids wake up very early so probably around 5:30 a.m.
How many hours of sleep do you require?
I think training to be a surgeon and going through a surgical residency at Columbia really beats the concept of a normal sleep cycle out of you. I can get by on just about anything. Still, I think it's important to be healthy and try to get about seven hours a night. .
Any bedside beauty essentials?
I always sleep on my back, and I take out my contact lenses before bed
Do you drink coffee or tea, eat breakfast?
I have a cup of coffee that my husband makes for me every morning, and that's one of the cute little things that he's always done for me. Every morning when I drink my coffee, I think about how lucky that one little thing has not changed despite all of the other things that have.
Only if you count chasing my kids around.
What is your morning skincare regimen?
I wash my face with my Platinum Revitalizing Cleanser. Then, I use my Platinum Hyaluronic Serum. If I had a desert island product, it would be that because it absorbs a thousand times its weight in water and gives you this dewy makeup-free perfect glow. I also use my Neck’s Best Thing, which is a neck product, and apply a little bit of that on the back of my hands too.
What makeup products do you use on a daily basis?
I always use my Platinum SPF 45 BB Daily Tinted BB Cream, which will give you titanium-based sun protection. We made it with a proprietary pigment that is designed to adapt to any skin tone from extremely pale to extremely dark.
Messy hair, don't care.
What’s the first thing you read each morning?
I like to look at the New York Times on my cell phone, and then when I come into the office, I read my debriefing for the day.
I see my first patient at 9:00 a.m., so I try to get here a little before that.
By 10:00 a.m. I have probably sent 30 emails, seen five patients, gotten six kids bathed and dressed, and taken four kids to school. I’ve met with every member of my office and probably handled some catastrophe.