Zygomaticus Minor

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

The zygomaticus minor muscles are located in the cheek and extend across the face in a similar position to the zygomaticus major muscles.

The points of origin and insertion, and the actions of the zygomaticus minor muscles:

Origin: Lower surface of the zygomatic bone
Insertion: Lateral part of the upper lip, lateral to the levator labii superioris
  • Elevates the upper lip
  • Forms a nasolabial furrow

The zygomaticus minor muscles are located in the region of the face below the eyes and between the ears and the mouth. This is taught in some 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 zygomaticus minor 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 zygomaticus minor muscles until you find the correct label.)

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