Facial artery

Last revised by Jeremy Jones on 11 Apr 2023

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

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

The facial artery was previously known as the external maxillary artery, e.g. old editions of Gray's anatomy 1. This was in contradistinction to the internal maxillary artery which is now known simply as the maxillary artery.

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Cases and figures

  • 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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