Levator anguli oris

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

The levator anguli oris is a facial muscle located just above the upper-lip, on each side of the face.


The points of origin and insertion, and the actions of the levator anguli oris* muscle:

Origin: Canine fossa immediately below the infraorbital foramen of the corresponding maxilla bone (there being a levator anguli oris muscle and a maxilla bone on each side of the face)
Insertion: Angle of the mouth
Action: Raises the skin tissue upwards from the corners of the mouth

* Some of the fibres of the levator anguli oris muscle are directly continuous with other adjacent muscles such as the zygomaticus major and the depressor anguli oris - according to Gray's Anatomy.

The levator anguli oris is one of the muscles of the head, neck, and 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 anguli oris muscle. (This page consists of an interactive, rather than just a labelled, diagram, so you'll have to test yourself by guessing which muscle is the levator anguli oris until you find the correct label.)

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