Rihanna has obviously been in the news a lot lately, regarding her assault and relationship issues. I've been asked by numerous media outlets to comment on her injuries, but there really isn't that much to say. I'm not surprised she looks as good as she does, just weeks after her injuries.
I've seen quite a few people in the Emergency Room over the years who have been assaulted, and quite often their initial appearance is dramatic. During the first few days after major facial injuries the victim can look extremely swollen, bruised, and even unrecognizable. Within 1-2 weeks, however, the majority of the swelling and bruising usually subsides and the person begins to look like their regular self again. Virtually all the bruising and swelling is gone within 3-4 weeks, unless the person suffered actual broken bones, which can necessitate plastic surgery to correct. I bet the next time you see Rihanna without sunglasses she's going to look just like she did before. Hopefully this won't happen to her again.
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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.: