I did more research and visited a doctor who took all the time he needed to find out exactly what I wanted. He spent time taking pictures, looking at my face, talking it all out. This time, we decided together on a full syringe, distributed between my lips and my nasiolabial folds. The doctor used a numbing gel on my lips and laugh lines. He then had the nurse shoot cold air on the spots he was working on. I did not feel a thing at all-nothing. He also gave me arnica pills to take home for 2 days. I LOVE, love love the results. My new doctor left me with literally NO bruising, no pain, and such minimal swelling I felt totally normal going out the same night.
Moral of my long story is-your Doctor has much and more to do with your results than the product (in my opinion). I feel the the Juvederm took 10 years off my face. My smile lines were pretty minimal, but most noticeable from the side. I smoked for about 15 years (quit 3 years ago) and lived in Florida for 10 years. I'm 32. Yeah, gross right? But seriously I felt like I looked 35 and now I look in my 20's, no exaggeration. People never believe I'm over 30.
Please do your research-get other people's opinions about the doctors in your area! Don't choose the cheaper doctor or make the decision on anything other than proven track record of the doctor. You need someone who does a lot of these injections and takes the time with you. I had my injection in February and have shown no signs of "deflation" as of April. Love this doctor and my results-totally worth it and I'll never go without it again!