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. Colin Failey came highly recommended to me. I searched for a long time to find the right dr who I would be able to trust in. Dr Failey operated on me last week and I cannot say enough about this man. He has a bedside magical and totally honest way about him. I am very happy I met Dr Failey in my life. He corrected all the former mistakes that was performed on me by previous dr. Also the entire staff at the Peer Group is wonderful. Made me feel comfortable and confident about what I was going to experience . God Bless Dr Failey"- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 22, 2016
"Super Satisfied Scaredy Cat - Dr. Starker is a wonderful physician. Prior to this surgery, I had never had cosmetic surgery or any kind of surgery whatsoever. Dr. Starker was sensitive to my apprehension, and answered my zillions of questions patiently and wisely. On top of this, he really heard me when I explained that, different than many women, I wanted a very subtle augmentation that would be extremely natural looking..."- 4. / RealSelf / May 01, 2018
"This review refers the Skin Care provided at Peer Group. It really surpasses most other offices that provide similar services/procedures. The procedure was incredible and I would highly recommend."- T.C. / Yelp / Mar 30, 2018
"I have been going to the Peer Group for about 20 years now and could not be any happier. Dr. Starker is a true professional .He is kind and thoughtful and listens to the needs of his patients. I have had many procedures done by him and the results are always amazing. The staff is so warm and friendly and make you feel safe and comfortable. I also use Stephanie Sultis for my facials and she is terrific! I recommend all my friends to the Peer Group and they are all as pleased as I Am. definite 5 star facility!!"- P.B. / Google / Mar 31, 2018
"I had upper eyelid surgery preformed by Dr Starker at The Peer Group and I could not have asked for a better experience. He did an amazing job and the staff is exceptional. I felt very safe with the OR nurses who were so pleasant and helpful."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 19, 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.
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