I had this done yesterday for deep nasolabial folds. My face is on the thin side and as I've gotten older (I'm 46) - really within the past 2 years - the lines have become more obvious.
The procedure itself is not overly painful and it took about 20 minutes total. I didn't have the area numbed ahead of time - I didn't think I would need it and I didn't. Though I will say that it hurts, I won't pretend that it didn't but it's more uncomfortable than scream out loud hurts - if that makes any sense. Also the Perlane has Lidocaine in it so when the doctor went back over an area, I didn't feel it. I could tell immediately that the lines are not gone - so if you think they go away completely when you have deeper lines like me, that isn't going to happen - but they look good.
Last night my face was very sore. The areas where I got the pricks - they all throbbed. Not enough to take anything but it was a bit uncomfortable. I iced my face that night. Today I have swelling - even above my lips where I didn't have anything done but it is right next to the area so it makes sense. I have more swelling today than yesterday but the bruising I saw last night is barely noticeable today. I notice the swelling but so far no one else has. I was happy when I walked out. I saw immediate improvement.
Today it is all super smoothed out - but that is because of the swelling. Since I don't have issues much with swelling and bruising normally I plan to give it 2 weeks to see the full effect. If I want a bit more smoothing on one side that was deeper than the other I may have a bit of Restylane added on top to build it up a bit more. This should last me about a year - worth the extra $250 difference from Restylane. Also the doctor's office gave me info on the Restylane website for a $75.00 rebate. So in the end it will cost me $675.00 - well worth it.