I went in very prepared, had read loads on the topic and had a short conversation with the doctor. He was calm and kind and he addressed my questions. The nurse applied numbing cream and I was left to relax in a room with soft music. 10 minutes later the plastic surgeon invited me back in his office and injected me with less than 1 syringe of Perlane. The actual procedure took 5-10 minutes at most. It was painless but for the mildest sting as the needle went in. The doctor said I could come back for a top-up because he'd keep the leftover from my syringe for a couple more weeks --I appreciate that! He gave me an artica-based cream to apply to the treated area twice a day. (I'd like to add that I've been using artica tablets to minimise bruising for a week prior to the injection).
I'm pleased with the result: my face looks natural and rested. First impression when I looked in the mirror: very little change, but immediately after I noticed that the lines had softened considerably. My greatest fear was that my smile or facial expression would be affected and that has NOT happened. I'm happy. There's some tenderness and some heat in the treated area, but that's normal. I also notice a tiny little bit of lumpiness, but that is easily massaged away between thumb (inside mouth) and index. I also think I was charged correctly: 300€ is not overpriced. Now, whether this whole procedure has really improved my overall look is another question. Has it worked on the nasolabial lines? YES.
I may update this review or post another one as the days go on. I wonder how long this will last. So far, so good.