Zygomaticus Minor

Joe Muscolino

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The zygomaticus minor. The zygomaticus major and orbicularis oris have been ghosted in.

The Zygomaticus Minor is a muscle of facial expression of the mouth. The muscles of facial expression of the mouth are:



  • Zygomatic bone to the upper lip.



  • Elevates the upper lip.



  1. The three main elevators of the upper lip are the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi, levator labii superioris, and zygomaticus minor.
  2. The contraction of the zygomaticus minor to lift the upper lip can contribute to the facial expression of smugness, contempt, or disdain.