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No parent wishes to look into the face of their newborn baby and discover a craniofacial deformity like a cleft lip and palate. Many children are born with this congenital birth defect that affects both aesthetic and functional aspects of the mouth and face. Children born with a cleft palate can experience problems with feeding, ear infections, speech development and proper growth. Dr. Eric Cerrati can perform pediatric cleft lip and palate surgery at his offices in Salt Lake City and South Jordan, Utah.

A cleft palate is when an open hole is left in the roof of the mouth due to lack of proper development. Observable at birth, this is caused by the sides of the face not fusing properly during fetal development. Since the face and palate develop apart from one another, a child may only have a cleft lip, only a cleft palate or both. Cleft lip and palate surgery seek to close the openings by using the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology. The soft palate will be loosened and stretched to fit together then 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. Dr. Cerrati recommends correcting the condition between 6-18 months of age in order for proper development to continue.

Skilled and Uniquely Trained Kids Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Eric Cerrati is a skilled and uniquely trained kids plastic surgeon with experience working alongside a world-renowned plastic surgeon and the founder of the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York. This tenure afforded him valuable experience in pediatric facial plastic surgery where he routinely corrected many rare congenital defects, including cleft lips and palates. He also makes yearly trips to perform these corrective surgeries as a free service in underdeveloped countries.

When your child needs surgical correction for a cleft lip and/or cleft palate, call or message us online to schedule a confidential pediatric surgical consultation with Dr. Cerrati. He can explain more about the procedure, its recovery period and the potential risks and benefits.

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Based on 32 reviews
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!

Cara T.

I had rhinoplasty with Dr. Cerrati. From my initial consultation though my follow ups, Dr. Cerrati listened to me. I got the exact result I had hoped for which was quite subtle. My recovery was way better than I expected. I needed one pain pill and was not in much pain at all. His MA came into the office on Xmas Eve to remove my cast so I could be out and about without a cast. I also had very little bruising. His staff is awesome. Haley was so responsive in helping me to schedule surgery. She actually responded to my email at 6:15 am and answered every inquiry I had. I had a nosebleed unrelated to my surgery and Dr. Cerrati made sure to squeeze me in on one of surgery dates just to make sure everything was okay. He is calm, knowledgeable and skilled. I was completely at ease throughout the process. I researched thoroughly before choosing him. I liked that he is younger with updated techniques and that he specializes in facial surgery. Highly recommend.

Brittany H.

I came to see Dr. Cerrati after having a total Thyroidectomy earlier this year. The surgery didn't go as planned and I had to have a few other emergency surgeries right after. The scarring from all the surgeries didn't look very good and I had some tethering underneath that needed to be taken care of. Dr. Cerrati was great about explaining everything that would be done to remove the scar tissue and reclose the skin. I also had lots of anxiety about having another surgery since I had such a bad experience last time. Dr. Cerrati and the staff were very understanding and accommodating about my anxiety. I am very pleased with the way my scar looks now. I am confident that the scar will fade considerably and it will hardly be noticeable. I do feel like there were some communication issues when I would call in but I believe that it was not the doctor's fault and that it was more overall staffing issues. Just make sure you talk to the right people and get the phone numbers for his nurse and then all will go great!

Laurie S.

Dr. Cerrati and his staff are amazing!! They made me feel so comfortable from the start of my appointment. I can already see the results of my Botox and love it!! I definitely recommend him to all my friends!!