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The Facial Artery Using the Claruis L20 Ultrasound

Ultrasound images of the facial artery taken with the L20

Ultrasound images of the facial artery taken with the L20

What is the facial artery?

The facial artery is the main blood supply to the front of the face

Where can the facial artery be felt?

The can be best felt about half way along the jawline. Try for yourself and see how difficult this is!

The artery then crosses to the corner or angle of the mouth.

Two branches from the artery supply the upper and lower lip before heading towards the corner of the nose.

Here are only a few of the problems not seeing the facial artery during filler injections:

  • It changes in depth.

  • It varies in direction.

  • It is wriggly.

  • It supplies essential parts of the face.

  • It supplies blood to the lips, nose, and eyes.

What's more worrying is:

Most of the time, the facial artery is buried under the skin and impossible to feel.

The position of everybody's arteries is different - albeit a few millimetre, or a centimetre or two.

Injecting blind

Although we get away injecting blind 99.99% of the time, there is always the one (or 1 in 100,000) where it isn’t.


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