"No clothes ever looked good on me or fitted properly. I constantly rejected fitted fabrics and low necklines in favour of baggy, oversized clothes to disguise my chest. I wouldn’t even take my top off in front of my girlfriends.
I always wore padded bras and ‘chicken fillets’, which were also the cause of much embarrassment on several occasions when they proved to be less than discreet.
I saved for four long years to have enough money for a breast enlargement, denying myself of many treats until finally, for my 24th birthday, I treated myself. It was the best present I have ever received and what made it all the more special was that it was something I had made happen just for me.
People say they understand how it feels, but it’s difficult to really know unless you have experienced it. At Transform I didn’t have to hide anymore or feel embarrassed, finally someone understood exactly what I was going through.
Of course it hasn’t changed me as a person or my personality in any way, I’m still me, but it has completely transformed how I feel about myself on the inside, how I hold and present myself on the outside and my ability to feel completely comfortable and intimate with partners.
This has also been a turning point for me in how I treat and respect my body. I now feel perfectly in proportion and love the way clothes hug and flatter my curves. I am so proud I tell everyone who will listen and walk around with my head held high. I now feel perfectly in proportion and love the way clothes hug and flatter my curves."
Mr Clarke qualified in 1986, gained his FRCS in 1990 and completed five years' specialist training in plastic surgery before becoming a Locum Consultant in 1994.
Mr Clarke has practised as an independent cosmetic surgeon since 1996 and has therefore gained considerable experience in the range of procedures that he provides.