Actor Sam Kane turned 55 and decided to undergo an upper blepharoplasty after many years of feeling sagging skin on the upper eyelids was making him look perpetually tired or sad and was even causing headaches and affecting his vision. He also decided to have chin liposuction to restore a more youthful jawline.
“Also I’d like surgery to give me back the face I’m used to seeing on posters whenever I tour the country. I want to see that guy again!”
Why have you decided to have a blepharoplasty now?
Well, actually it should have been about four or five years ago, but lockdown happened.
I started to notice how gravity was affecting my eyelids about eight or nine years ago. Seeing people in my family with the same issue made me realise it was not going to get any better.
Working in the industry I do, I could see that it wouldn’t be long before I would have to have some kind of surgery.
So, I’ve been considering it for a long time. Whenever I looked in the mirror, I thought I looked tired. And sad all the time, which is kind of depressing.
I want to get it done before it goes too far. I would never hide anything I’ve had done, but I want to look refreshed like I’ve been on a great holiday and not drastically different.
Mostly it comes down to vanity, but there are other mitigating factors. My eyelids are stopping me opening my eyes fully so I’m constantly raising my eyebrows which is causing debilitating headaches. My eyesight is getting worse as my eyelashes are now obscuring my vision. It could also give my career more longevity.
I think the fringe benefits of having this surgery are self-evident but the main one is just making me feel better when I look in the mirror. That’s basically it.
What are your hopes for the outcome?
The most important thing for me is not to look done. I want it to look very natural and I’ve seen Alex’s work before which is why I’m here. You can never tell – he hits the natural spot just beautifully.
Why did you choose Mr Alex Karidis?
His ability not to leave his patients looking like they have had surgery is the key to everything. I have never seen any of his patients look like they have had work done – in his before and afters or the people I know who have had surgery with him.
Have you felt supported by the Karidis Clinic team?
Every aspect of my experience has been more than I expected. They have over delivered. You put yourself into a scenario where you have a certain expectation, and then the team has just exceeded it.
I love the pre-surgery counselling they you offer. It really makes you dig into it and think a bit more about the procedure, so you couldn’t have offered a better service.
How are friends and family supporting you?
I’ve told some people that I know can keep a secret and they been completely supportive, but there are certain members of my family that can’t even hold their own water! I also want a surprise element – I’m really looking forward to seeing their reaction.
Thoughts on your recovery?
The recovery process is probably the only bit I have concerns about – not that they are major concerns More about how long it will take as that’s the only bit of unchartered territory. Historically, though, I’ve always healed pretty quickly so hope the same applies to this.
Mr Alex Karidis on Sam's cosmetic surgery
We’re going to deal with the excess skin on Sam’s upper eyelids which is giving him a sleepy look. This will brighten him up quite a bit, so he looks refreshed but natural. We’re also going to deal with some excess fat under the chin. Remarkably, when we remove fat under the chin the skin usually has a good bit of elasticity and springs back, but we’ll also give him a support garment to contract the skin as it heals.