Superficial Fascia

a. The superficial fascia is the second envelope of the body. It is the layer between the skin (integument proper) and the investing deep fascial envelope. It is often called the subcutaneous layer, but it is technically not a part of the integumentary system as such.

b. The superficial fascia is made up primarily of loose areolar FCT with the spaces filled by fatty tissue and tissue fluid. It contains the superficial or cutaneous branches of nerves, arteries, veins, and lymphatics (NAVL) of the skin.

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