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A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth that is caused by the underdevelopment of the roof of the mouth. It is present and observable at birth. Early in fetal development, both sides of the face and the roof of the mouth fuse together. Sometimes the two sides do not fuse correctly, leaving an opening, or cleft, in the palate. The face and palate develop apart from one another, which is why a child may only have a cleft lip or a cleft palate, and they may also have both.

Children born with a cleft palate will experience problems with speech development, feeding, ear infections and proper growth and development. Physicians recommend correcting the condition between 6-18 months of age in order for proper development to continue.

Cleft lip and palate surgery seeks to close the openings left from problems in development before birth. Dr. Cerrati and his team will use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology to perform this surgery. The soft palate will be loosened and stretched to fit together, then it is resewn specifically to allow for stretching and movement.

To repair a cleft lip, Dr. Cerrati will make incisions on either side of the cleft to create flaps of skin, muscle and intraoral tissue that are then stitched together. Close attention is paid to recreate a normal lip and nose anatomy that is balanced and symmetrical.

Skilled and Experienced Utah Reconstructive Surgeon

Parents of children needing cleft palate and lip surgery will not find a better facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in our area than Dr. Cerrati. He is a double board certified and fellowship trained surgeon who also serves as an assistant professor and director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Utah.

In addition, Dr. Cerrati has traveled to Haiti, Guatemala and the Philippines, performing cleft palate and lip surgeries for children who otherwise would not receive proper care. His volunteer work is supported by Medical Missions for Children. Additionally, Dr. Cerrati now sits on the FACE-TO-FACE committee through the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Contact our South Jordan or Salt Lake City offices to schedule a consultation for cleft palate and lip surgery today.

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PATIENT REVIEWS 5.0

Based on 32 reviews
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!

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