I had Restylane twice. My surgeon has wonderful technique, and it still hurts!!! Yes, there is the bruising (my lips looked bluish purple even with lipstick on) and swelling (I went out shopping a few hours later lol), but nothing awful. You want might someone to drive you home from the procedure, because I had quite a long ride and it definitely was a challenge. Pain meds definitely help speed up the process, as well as ice.