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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
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!