Sorry I did not see this post after posted I did not have internet for awhile.
In my opinion laser treatment does not really hurt any more but I have built up a talerance for it after the past 18 years of doing it. It does have some discomfort maybe an hour or two after the treatment. The older ones felt like rubberbands snapping your skin which always hurt. The most common today, the V-Beam Pulse Dye Laser that I use feels like an aircompresser brust of air hitting your skin. That feeling is the cooling device that makes this treatment less painful. Healing time is around one week give or take a day. But it really depends on the person and how agressive the machine is set at. For you first treatment they will not set it high at all because it will be more of a testing to see how your skin reacts to the laser.
Pricing for treatment is really hard to judge for the fact that every state here in the USA is different. Every doctor even is. Depends on how they work with the insurance companies.
I hope this helps, let me know if you need any other info on this.