I had Radiesse done last week. I took Arnica for two days before the procedure and two days after. My bruising was minimal and the swelling was gone in less than 24 hours. My PS also told me to ice the area for a couple of hours after he was done. I got a dental block which was painless and I didn't feel a thing. The whole procedure was painless with the exception of some slight soreness after the numbness wore off. Even that only lasted a few hours.
My PS has lots of experience and was very clear with me about exactly what he would be doing and what to expect. Experience is the key with Radiesse. I think the fact that he is a surgeon with a very steady hand gave me confidence. This is the first-time I have had anything done to my face and now I'm afraid I will get addicted. I'm very happy with the results!