Muscular Anatomy of the Face

There are quite a few anatomy resources on the web, but not a lot that combine clear illustrations with pictures of the muscles in action. With the help of a patient model and a fine illustrator, I hope this resource helps clarify how the face can make so many expressions.

You will also find a link to my Craniometric Landmarks web app which is a part of my online forensic sculpture class.

Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi

This muscle has the longest name of any muscle on the body. I read somewhere that it is nicknamed Otto's Muscle because there was an anatomist by that name who argued that the muscle's name was too long.

In any case, this muscle is closely strung to the Levaor labii superioris. It is parallel and closer to the nose. It also draws the lip and wing of the nose upwards.


Anatomical Drawing by Daniel Maidman. Courtesy of the artist.
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