Depressor labii inferioris

  • The depressor labii inferioris (also depressor labii inferioris muscle, latin: musculus depressor labii inferioris) is a facial muscle of the chin area that pulls the lower lip downward and forward.

    Origin

    The depressor labii inferioris originates from the oblique line of the base of the mandible.

    Insertion

    The depressor labii inferioris inserts into the skin of the lower lip.

    Action

    Upon activation the depressor labii inferioris muscle pulls the lower lip downward and forward.

    Contractions of the depressor labii inferioris participate in producing facial expressions of perseverance and diligence.

    Innervation

    The depressor labii inferioris is innervated by the marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve (CN VII).

    Blood supply

    The depressor labii inferioris is receives arterial blood supply from the inferior labial branch of the facial artery and the mental branch of the maxillary artery.