Meet Dr. Lara Devgan: board-certified plastic surgeon, beauty enthusiast, and founder of the luxury medical-grade skincare line Dr. Devgan Scientific Beauty. Laura is an international surgery lecturer, a classically trained artist, and a renowned expert in plastic surgery and injectables for the face, breasts, and body. She is best known for her work in facial micro-optimization, facelifts, and fillers, and has been ranked "#1 female cosmetic surgeon" in New York by RateMDs. For more on Laura, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and be sure to check out her acclaimed podcast, Beauty Bosses.
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How did you get started in your career:
I started out as an artist who loved anatomy, and ended up as the perfect combination of those two things—a plastic surgeon!
Most rewarding aspect of your job:
I love participating in the happiness and confidence of others. We all want to put our best selves into the world, and it brings me so much joy to help others feel like the best versions of themselves.
Biggest challenge you've faced in your career and how did you overcome this obstacle:
Surgery as a profession is still very much a man’s world. Being a woman in a male-dominated field requires thick skin, an even temperament, and a resilient mind.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career:
My father, a head and neck surgeon, taught me to always do the right thing—not the easy thing—for my patients. It is because of him that I gravitate toward responsibility. He gave me the simplest but best litmus test for figuring out what to do in a tricky medical or surgical situation: I ask myself, “What would I advise my mother or sister to do?” If it’s not the right thing for my family, it’s not the right thing for my patients.
Walk us through a typical work day:
I love being busy, and I spend my days doing many things. On a typical day, I might be seeing patients for minimally invasive injectable contouring procedures, performing surgeries like facelifts and breast augmentations, recording my podcast, meeting with my team about the newest skincare products in development, and doing an interview for a magazine about the latest trends in plastic surgery. When I am passionate about something, I fully immerse in it.
List three words that describe you best:
Detail-oriented, meticulous, compassionate.
Describe your personal beauty routine:
I use my own products religiously—Hyaluronic Serum, Eye Repair Complex, and SPF BB cream in the morning, and Vitamin C, Glow Serum, and Platinum Long Lash at night.
Share your biggest guilty pleasure:
Pure decadence for me sounds like reading a novel in my pajamas at 10 am, sipping on a cappuccino, with classical music on in the background, and my kids playing quietly nearby. (For the record, this is a pure fantasy!)
Most recent beauty discovery and obsession:
I developed a game-changing lip gloss, Platinum Lip Plump, that uses hyaluronic, niacin, and ceramides to create a visible plumping to the lips—it looks like a syringe of filler and nourishes your lips with healthy ingredients. It’s the runaway best-seller of my line and the one product that is always in my purse.
What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:
I have some big (secret) plans for my skincare line coming up! We are also working on a big brand expansion.