Facial artery

The facial artery is one of the branches of the external carotid artery and supplies blood to the structures of the face.

  • origin: branch of the external carotid artery a little above the level of the lingual artery
  • course: ascends anteriorly through the cheek with a tortuous route towards the nasolabial fold
  • branches
    • cervical
      • ascending palatine artery
      • tonsillar branch
      • submental artery
      • glandular branches
    • facial
      • inferior labial artery
      • superior labial artery
      • lateral nasal branch
  • termination: anterior face as angular artery (terminal branch)

Variant anatomy

The facial artery may arise from a common trunk with the lingual artery, the linguofacial trunk.

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 5910
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Facial arteries

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    Figure 1: branches of the external carotid artery
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    Figure 2: branches of the carotid
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    Figure 3: facial artery and branches
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