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There is still mystery revolving around exactly what causes a cleft lip in infants, but one thing is for sure. Parents of children born with cleft lip in Utah and elsewhere will do anything to heal their baby and ensure that they have a normal life.

What is a Cleft Lip?

A cleft lip develops during pregnancy, when cells from each side of the head grow toward the center of the face to develop the facial features. If the tissue does not fully join, a cleft lip can occur. This cleft can vary in size, from a very small slit to an opening that goes through the lip and into the nose. A cleft lip can cause difficulties in eating and can also negatively impact speaking as the child grows. Children with cleft lips can also experience a higher incidence of ear infections.

Cleft Lip Risk Factors

The cause for cleft lip is not completely understood. There is a genetic component to this condition, and it can also be brought on by environmental factors. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified some risk factors in developing cleft lip in-utero:

  • Smoking – the chances for a fetus developing a cleft lip increase in smokers.
  • Diabetes – women with diabetes have babies with a cleft lip at increased levels over women who do not have diabetes.
  • Certain medications – medications used to treat epilepsy can increase the chances of cleft lip.

Treatment for Cleft Lip

Surgery is usually recommended to repair cleft lip, and is typically performed within the first few months of life. Depending on the severity of the defect, several surgeries may be required. This surgery not only repairs the physical appearance of the child, but can help improve breathing as well as speech development later in childhood.

When children are facing a health issue, it is normal for parents to feel helpless and concerned. Dr. Eric Cerrati has the experience and skill needed to correct this condition, and can treat your child with the latest technological procedures available. If your child is suffering from a cleft lip, call Dr. Cerrati’s Utah office today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Eric Cerrati, Facial Plastic Surgery

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Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!