In relating to facial aesthetic damage, scars are the most frequently observed. When these scars are assessed for medico-legal purpose, it is necessary to consider the different ways in which they can be presented, and their visibility from distance. This review has as objective to evaluate the different existing methods used for the assessment of cosmetic damage caused by facial scars. The bibliographic search was carried out in PubMed and Scielo, where four articles related to the topic were found. The shortage of standardized methods for their assessment is striking, in addition, draws attention that the few existing scales are used to assess the damage in civil and labour affairs. To standardize clinical and medico-legal criteria, the use of quantitative methods is recommended. Finally, to evaluate the result of the injuries, it is important to consider not only the aesthetic and functional consequences, but also the biopsychosocial implications in the life of an individual.
KEY WORDS: Damage assessment, scar evaluation, facial damage, medico-legal evaluation.
How to cite this article
LAGOS, T. D & FAÚNDES, P. M. Methods for assessing aesthetic damage caused by facial scars. Int. J. Odontostomat., 15(2):532-537, 2021.