Temporal Branch of the Facial Nerve and Its Relationship to Fascial Layers

Seda T. Babakurban, Ozcan Cakmak, Simel Kendir, Alaittin Elhan, Vito C. Quatela
2010 Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery  
Objectives: To eliminate the inconsistency in the nomenclature, to anatomically and definitively describe the topographic relationship of the temporal branch of the facial nerve to the fascial layers and the fat pads, and to create an effective algorithm to define the safest approaches and planes for surgical procedures in this area. Methods: The study was performed using 18 hemifacial cadaveric specimens. In 12 hemifacial specimens, the facial halves were coronally sectioned and dissected. In
more » ... hemifacial specimens, planar dissection was performed layer by layer. Results: The temporal branch of the facial nerve that traversed inside the deep layers of the temporoparietal fascia and the superficial musculoaponeurotic system coursed along the zygomatic arch as 1 (14.3%), 2 (57.1%),
doi:10.1001/archfacial.2009.96 pmid:20083736 fatcat:r2affrgyefeodf5hm3zxdkoiti