Corrugator supercilii muscle

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 02 Aug 2021

The corrugator supercilii muscles are two small, triangular muscles of facial expression, which contribute to movement of the eyebrows, including frowning. They are located deep to the frontal part of occipitofrontalis and orbicularis oculi muscles, with which they blend 2.

  • temporal branches of the facial nerve
  • combines its actions with orbicularis oculi muscle to pull the eyebrows medially and downwards in bright environments to shield the eyes (e.g. in sunlight)
  • frowning
  • responsible for producing vertical wrinkles on the supranasal strip of the forehead

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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