Levator palpebrae superioris

Interactive diagram of the muscles of the head, face and neck

A levator palpebrae superioris muscle is a thin, flat, triangular-shaped facial muscle located on the medial eye-lid on each side of the face.

The points of origin and insertion, and the actions of the levator palpebrae superioris muscle:

Origin: The under-surface of the lesser wing of the sphenoid (bone) above and in front of the optic foramen
Insertion: The upper margin of the superior tarsal plate, however some of the muscle continues into the skin of the eye lid
Action: Movement of the eyelid

The levator palpebrae superioris are muscles located in the region of the of the head, neck, or face taught as part of many courses in Indian Head Massage. As this is a popular therapy we have included several pages that may be of interest to students of Indian Head Massage. See, for example, the page about skeletal structures of the head and neck.

See the page about Facial Muscles to view the location of the levator palpebrae superioris muscles. (This page consists of an interactive, rather than just a labelled, diagram, so you'll have to test yourself by guessing which muscles are the levator palpebrae superioris until you find the correct label.)

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