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Clin Dermatol. 2014 Jan-Feb;32(1):14-23. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2013.05.022.

Facial anatomy.

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Department of Anatomy, Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey. Electronic address: tania@mynet.com.

Abstract

Dermatologic problems of the face affect both function and aesthetics, which are based on complex anatomical features. Treating dermatologic problems while preserving the aesthetics and functions of the face requires knowledge of normal anatomy. When performing successfully invasive procedures of the face, it is essential to understand its underlying topographic anatomy. This chapter presents the anatomy of the facial musculature and neurovascular structures in a systematic way with some clinically important aspects. We describe the attachments of the mimetic and masticatory muscles and emphasize their functions and nerve supply. We highlight clinically relevant facial topographic anatomy by explaining the course and location of the sensory and motor nerves of the face and facial vasculature with their relations. Additionally, this chapter reviews the recent nomenclature of the branching pattern of the facial artery.

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