Review of the Nomenclature of the Retaining Ligaments of the Cheek: Frequently Confused Terminology.

Yeui Seok Seo
Yeui Seok Seo
Area88 Plastic Surgery Clinic
Wellington | United States
Tae Suk Oh
Tae Suk Oh
University of Ulsan College of Medicine
South Korea
Tanvaa Tansatit
Tanvaa Tansatit
Chulalongkorn University
Joo Heon Lee
Joo Heon Lee
April 31 Plastic Surgery Clinic

Arch Plast Surg 2017 Jul 15;44(4):266-275. Epub 2017 Jul 15.

Area88 Plastic Surgery Clinic, Seoul, Korea.

Since the time of its inception within facial anatomy, wide variability in the terminology as well as the location and extent of retaining ligaments has resulted in confusion over nomenclature. Confusion over nomenclature also arises with regard to the subcutaneous ligamentous attachments, and in the anatomic location and extent described, particularly for zygomatic and masseteric ligaments. Certain historical terms-McGregor's patch, the platysma auricular ligament, parotid cutaneous ligament, platysma auricular fascia, temporoparotid fasica (Lore's fascia), anterior platysma-cutaneous ligament, and platysma cutaneous ligament-delineate retaining ligaments of related anatomic structures that have been conceptualized in various ways. Confusion around the masseteric cutaneous ligaments arises from inconsistencies in their reported locations in the literature because the size and location of the parotid gland varies so much, and this affects the relationship between the parotid gland and the fascia of the masseter muscle. For the zygomatic ligaments, there is disagreement over how far they extend, with descriptions varying over whether they extend medially beyond the zygomaticus minor muscle. Even the 'main' zygomatic ligament's denotation may vary depending on which subcutaneous plane is used as a reference for naming it. Recent popularity in procedures using threads or injectables has required not only an accurate understanding of the nomenclature of retaining ligaments, but also of their location and extent. The authors have here summarized each retaining ligament with a survey of the different nomenclature that has been introduced by different authors within the most commonly cited published papers.
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