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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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Based on 32 reviews
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!

Justin G.

Dr. Cerrati is AMAZING at what he does! He is very professional, personable, and always makes sure you are comfortable during your procedures. After seeing 3 other physicians and having procedures done to help open my nasal passages, Dr. Cerrati came up with a different solution that actually worked. He is very meticulous and precise with all of his work and my facial injections were nearly painless. He does great work, I highly recommend!

Dustee L.

Dr. Cerrati, Nani and the entire staff made my day today! I put my wallet on the hood of my car and drove off with it there on my way to my appointment this morning. By the time I realized what I had done my wallet was long gone. I ended up being 20 minutes late for my appointment (which I absolutely hate) and the staff was nothing but understanding and so so nice when I told them what happened. It was my first experience in the office but absolutely not my last! Not only am I impressed with the way I was treated but they did an amazing job!! My appointment was short and sweet with a job well done and I couldn't help but leave with happy tears in my eyes. Kind people are the best!!!

Hunter G.

Dr. Cerrati is absolutely amazing! I was so happy with my fillers that I received. Definitely will be returning to him again! I trust him and recommended him 100% to all my family and friends. He always does his best to make sure his patients come out with the best possible outcome!