Tea Time with Dr. Lara Devgan
By Pamela Jacobs
We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Lara Devgan—plastic surgeon extraordinaire, published author, and creator of a highly-anticipated medical-grade skin care line—over afternoon tea at the iconic Carlyle Hotel. Here, between sips of Earl Grey, Dr. Devgan talked all things beauty, from Botox to breast implants to BB cream.
You are known as a top female plastic surgeon in Manhattan. Does that mean most of your patients are women too?
I would say that about 85% of my patients are women and 15% are men. I love helping other women, especially with sensitive topics like plastic surgery, but I really think that my patients choose me based on credentials and skills, rather than gender.
Yale, Hopkins Medical School, Columbia Presbyterian plastic surgery residency… Your credentials do seem to speak for themselves.
What are the big procedures these days? What's popular?
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in America, and in my practice as well. I also love delicate facial surgery, like rhinoplasty, eye lift, and facelift. Those procedures have been popular for years, and they are fun to perform because they require real finesse and artistry.
Are there any new trends in plastic surgery?
One thing that I'm really excited about is Collagen Induction Therapy, which is also called Dermapen Microneedling. It is like the ultimate medical-grade facial. With that and Botox (which is also incredibly popular in my practice), you can put off surgery for ages.
Tell us about your new skin care line.
I created the line that I've always wanted—a luxury line of science- based products that actually work. And I named it after myself too! [Dr. Devgan Scientific Beauty] The signature product in my line, Platinum Triple Glow, is actually prescription strength and can't be sold over the counter. But it's amazing—retinoic acid, hydroquinone, hydrocortisone, and vitamin E— all the good stuff. It will make your skin glowy and gorgeous. With that, plus my Platinum Vitamin C+ luminous night serum and Platinum SPF 45 tinted BB cream, you basically have all you need in just three products.
What are your favorite places on the Upper East Side?
Well, I actually love the Carlyle, as a matter of fact. This is where my husband and I first celebrated our engagement. I love taking my three sons to Central Park, the Met, and Via Quadronno for ice cream cones. Cafe Boulud is great—that is where we go for our special occasions. And I happen to live and work a few blocks away, so I love those places the best of all.
Dr. Lara Devgan, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
121A East 83rd Street. New York, NY 10028. (212) 452-2400
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