I had 5 or 6 treatments with laser and switched over to electrolysis and I figure I have had about 30 - 40 hours of electrolysis to date.
Yes laser is much quicker and will thin out the hairs before doing electrolysis but if I had to do it all over again I would have skipped the laser and gone straight to electrolisys.
With laser you will be smooth in the entire area you’ve treated but electrolysis “can be” slow, depending on the method used and of course the electrologist. Thermolysis is very quick and blend is slower but blend is supposed to have a higher kill rate.
Here’s somthing I would recommend from personal expereince and this is what I will probably be going to myself. Do electrolysis, then wax off what remains to be treated and you’ll be pretty hair free for a few weeks, go back and do it again. this is a good combination of permantly getting the hairs and being smooth.
P.S. I am male and I too get the bikini area treated.