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.
"I have been using Peer Group for over 15 years ... - I have been using Peer Group for over 15 years because once you have experienced the best why go anywhere else? Dr Colon has a deft hand and keeps me looking “younger” than my years. Lol The office staff is warm and so helpful. And don’t even get me started on their VIP discount card, I don’t know any other offices that offer great different deals all year long and that kind of customer appreciation."- E.S. / Solutionreach / Sep 04, 2018
"Kind compassionate physician - This was my first visit with Dr. Colon and he came to me highly recommended. His office staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Colon is extremely professional, gentle, and competent. He exudes a feeling of confidence and knowledge and I highly recommend him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 27, 2018
"Dr. Starker & the entire Peer Group staff are outstanding. They performed my breast implant replacement following a bike accident with razor sharp focus & skill. They handled every aspect of the business & surgical procedures with sensitivity & an attention to detail that was very calming. My overall experience was excellent. I found everyone to be professional, extremely knowledgeable, & supportive every step of the way. I highly recommend. Dr. Starker and his entire staff."- D. / Healthgrades / Nov 05, 2018
"I recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Starker and could not be happier with the results. Dr. Starker and the entire staff at the Peer Group are top notch. The overall experience was amazing, I found everyone to professional, extremely knowledgeable, supportive and helpful in every way. Highly recommended!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 12, 2018
"I found Dr. Failey to be first-rate plastic surgeon! Very professional, explained the procedure and the results were fantastic! Dr. Failey took time to answer all of my questions, which I thought was very considerate. Really a fine doctor."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 11, 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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