Zygomaticofacial nerve

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The zygomaticofacial nerve is the smaller of the two branches of the zygomatic nerve, from the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve. It is sometimes referred to as the malar branch of the zygomatic nerve. It leaves the inferolateral aspect of the extraconal space of the orbit through the zygomaticofacial foramen and pierces the lateral fibres of the orbicularis oculi muscle to supply the skin (scalp) over the zygomatic arch and the upper cheek (the skin of the 'malar region').


Head and neck anatomy
Share article

Article Information

rID: 52335
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • malar branch of the zygomatic nerve
  • malar branch

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Updating… Please wait.
Loadinganimation

Alert accept

Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.