Cleft lips and cleft palates are the most common birth defects of the face, involving a split in the upper lip and/or a gap in the roof of the mouth. This condition is not just disturbing because of its appearance, it also causes several problems for the child, including speech, dental, ear, and feeding problems. Over 6,000 infants are born in the U.S. each year with this condition. The board-certified plastic surgeons of The Peer Group, serving communities throughout northern New Jersey, use the finest repair and reconstruction techniques to eliminate the problem and give the affected child a beautiful, healthy smile. We take great care and compassion during the initial consultation to reassure parents that this surgery can change the life of their child and create natural, soothing outcomes. Doctors from The Peer Group have been members of the Craniofacial Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center since its inception. In fact, it was Dr. Lyndon Peer who founded the center. Our Physicians also participate in humanitarian trips around the world to do these repairs for the less fortunate.
"Dr. Starker has such an easy bedside manner that although I was really nervous about getting a procedure done, I soon felt reassured and comfortable. I never had to wait (AT ALL) for any of my post op visits. My results were spectacular. He explained everything I needed to know and answered all of my questions with the utmost of patience. The entire staff was friendly and respectful. I would recommend him wholeheartedly!"- D. / Healthgrades / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr. Failey is superb! Excellent staff all around. Made me feel comfortable in the procedure. Results are fantastic!"- Z.M. / Other / Aug 01, 2018
"Amazing experience with Dr. Starker! Great staff, very punctual, thorough follow up and everyone is skilled and friendly. 5 star experience!"- M.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Excellent staff, very professional yet friendly and courteous."- S.S. / Other / Aug 15, 2018
"Great place. Doctor who I saw answered every question possible and fixed another doctors mistake in a matter of minutes."- L.H. / Yelp / May 13, 2018
When To Seek Treatment
A cleft can appear in the lip or palate alone, or in both areas, as well as on one or both sides of the mouth. Reconstructive facial plastic surgery is the recommended treatment for clefts, and is usually performed when the child is 3 to 6 months old for a cleft lip and 9 to 14 months old for a cleft palate. When a cleft lip or cleft palate condition exists, it is recommended to meet with medical specialists to assess the child’s unique condition and the areas that may be affected by the clefts. Although this condition requires significant medical care, it can be overcome with the help of a trusted team of child health specialists.
Contact our practice to learn more about repair of cleft lip and palate repair in Florham Park, NJ.
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