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
"Peer Group is a wonderful and entirely professi... - Peer Group is a wonderful and entirely professional medical group...All personnel and staff kind and helpful...Dr. Colon is wonderful...Love working with him"- V.L. / Solutionreach / Nov 08, 2017
"Lipo for Hard to Flatten Tummy and Smaller Thighs - Dr Starker was very professional. He always made me feel comfortable and never tried to sell me on other procedures. He explained everything completely and let me ask as many questions without making me feel rushed. He saw me a couple of times before the procedure and several times afterward to monitor my healing and progress. The office building was nicely decorated and clean. The staff was friendly and professional as well. His price was more than fair and competitive. Other plastic surgeons I interviewed asked for much more in fee and couldn’t even give me examples of their work! Dr Starker was able to show example of his work. For these reasons I would highly recommend Dr Starker. Not one problem occurred throughout my time in his care."- S. / RealSelf / Nov 06, 2017
"Dr Starker and Laura are outstanding. I’ve been... - Dr Starker and Laura are outstanding. I’ve been a long time patient ( since Dr Keyser)"- A.F. / Solutionreach / Nov 06, 2017
"Friendly and professional staff. Great doc! - Friendly and professional staff. Great doc!"- S.J. / Solutionreach / Oct 26, 2017
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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