Scars, other; and other effects of scars evaluated under diagnostic codes 7800, 7801, 7802, or 7804:

Evaluate any disabling effect(s) not considered in a rating provided under diagnostic codes 7800-04 under an appropriate diagnostic code

Description Percentage

With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or asymmetry of three or more features or paired sets of features (nose, chin, forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles), cheeks, lips), or; with six or more characteristics of disfigurement

80
Description Percentage

With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or asymmetry of two features or paired sets of features (nose, chin, forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles), cheeks, lips), or; with four or five characteristics of disfigurement

50
Description Percentage

With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or asymmetry of one feature or paired set of features (nose, chin, forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles), cheeks, lips), or; with two or three characteristics of disfigurement

30
Description Percentage

With one characteristic of disfigurement

10

Note (1): The 8 characteristics of disfigurement, for purposes of evaluation under §4.118, are:

Scar 5 or more inches (13 or more cm.) in length. Scar at least one-quarter inch (0.6 cm.) wide at widest part.

Surface contour of scar elevated or depressed on palpation.

Scar adherent to underlying tissue.

Skin hypo-or hyper-pigmented in an area exceeding six square inches (39 sq. cm.).

Skin texture abnormal (irregular, atrophic, shiny, scaly, etc.) in

an area exceeding six square inches (39 sq. cm.).

Underlying soft tissue missing in an area exceeding six square inches (39 sq. cm.).

Skin indurated and inflexible in an area exceeding six square inches (39 sq. cm.).

 

Note (2): Rate tissue loss of the auricle under DC 6207 (loss of auricle) and anatomical loss of the eye under DC 6061 (anatomical loss of both eyes) or DC 6063 (anatomical loss of one eye), as appropriate.

Note (3): Take into consideration unretouched color photographs when evaluating under these criteria.

Note (4): Separately evaluate disabling effects other than disfigurement that are associated with individual scar(s) of the head, face, or neck, such as pain, instability, and residuals of associated muscle or nerve injury, under the appropriate diagnostic code(s) and apply § 4.25 to combine the evaluation(s) with the evaluation assigned under this diagnostic code.

Note (5): The characteristic(s) of disfigurement may be caused by one scar or by multiple scars; the characteristic(s) required to assign a particular evaluation need not be caused by a single scar in order to assign that evaluation.

Description Percentage

With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or asymmetry of three or more features or paired sets of features (nose, chin, forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles), cheeks, lips), or; with six or more characteristics of disfigurement

80
Description Percentage

Area or areas of 144 square inches (929 sq. cm.) or greater

40
Description Percentage

Area or areas of at least 72 square inches (465 sq. cm.) but less than 144 square inches (929 sq. cm.)

30
Description Percentage

Area or areas of at least 12 square inches (77 sq. cm.) but less than 72 square inches (465 sq. cm.)

20
Description Percentage

Area or areas of at least 6 square inches (39 sq. cm.) but less than 12 square inches (77 sq. cm.)

10
Description Percentage

Five or more scars that are unstable or painful

30
Description Percentage

Three or four scars that are unstable or painful

20
Description Percentage

One or two scars that are unstable or painful

10

Note (1): An unstable scar is one where, for any reason, there is frequent loss of covering of skin over the scar.

 

Note (2): If one or more scars are both unstable and painful, add 10 percent to the evaluation that is based on the total number of unstable or painful scars.

 

Note (3): Scars evaluated under diagnostic codes 7800, 7801, , or 7805 may also receive an evaluation under this diagnostic code, when applicable.

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