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Levator Labii Superioris
Muscular System

Levator Labii Superioris

Levator labii superioris

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Quick Facts

Origin: Infraorbital margin.

Insertion: Subcutaneous tissue of upper lip.

Action: Elevates and everts upper lip.

Innervation: Zygomatic and buccal branches of facial nerve (CN VII).

Arterial Supply: Superior labial and infraorbital arteries.

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The levator labii superioris muscle arises from the infraorbital margin, which extends across both the maxilla and zygomatic bones.


The levator labii superioris muscle blends with the fibers of the orbicularis oris muscle along the upper lip, between levator labii superioris alaeque nasi and zygomaticus minor muscles.


The levator labii superioris muscle elevates and everts the upper lip. This action is used when expressing some facial expressions (Standring, 2016).

List of Clinical Correlates

- Bell’s palsy


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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Levator Labii Superioris

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