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The facial muscles are a group of striated muscles innervated by the facial nerve that, among other things, control facial expression. These muscles are also called mimetic muscles.
The facial muscles are subcutaneous (just under the skin) muscles that control facial expression. They generally originate on bone, and insert on the skin of the face.
The facial muscles are derived from the second branchial/pharyngeal arch.
List of muscles 
The facial muscles include:
- Temporoparietalis muscle
- Nasalis muscle
- Depressor septi nasi
- Orbicularis oculi
- Corrugator supercilii
- Depressor supercilii
- Auricular muscles (anterior, superior and posterior)
- Orbicularis oris
- Depressor anguli oris
- Zygomaticus major
- Zygomaticus minor
- Levator labii superioris
- Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi
- Depressor labii inferioris
- Levator anguli oris
The platysma is innervated by the facial nerve. Although it is mostly in the neck and can be grouped with the neck muscles by location, it can be considered a muscle of facial expression due to its common innervation.
Additional images 
See also 
- ARTNATOMY: Anatomical Basis of Facial Expression Learning Tool
- lesson1 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
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