Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi

  • The levator labii superioris alaeque nasi (latin: musculus levator labii superioris alaeque nasi) is a muscle of facial expression that widens the nostrils and elevates the upper lip, thus enabling the "snarl" facial expression.

    The levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle originates from the frontal process of the maxilla and inserts into the skin of the lateral part of the nostril and skin of the upper lip.

    This muscle dilates the nostril, elevates the wing of the nose and the upper lip.

    The levator labii superioris alaeque nasi is innervated by the zygomatic branches of the facial nerve (CN VII).