First let me say thanks for all the info and advice from everyone so far.
Here is my question: I plan to go in for either electrolysis or laser as soon as I have the time and money to devote to a permanent treatment. Permanent removal is my goal, although I wouldn’t necessary require 100% removal, I just want vast reduction (Permanent reduction!). I have light skin, dark coarse hair (type II skin I think), I am male, early 20s. I have a lot of hair to remove, from chest, shoulders, abdomen, back and I’d probably do something on my face to eliminate the “shadow” problem, although I’m not asking for permanent beard removal altogtether.
So here’s the dilemma: Laser would be quicker I know, but I have heard a lot of horror stories where it doesn’t work, or it all grows back after a few months, or in some cases the hair comes back worse. I know it’s also worked for some, but how can you tell before you go in if it will work? I really don’t want to pay all that for something that won’t work. If it works, I certainly don’t mind paying for it, but like anyone I don’t have money to burn on treatments that won’t work.
I’ve also considered electrolysis. I know it would take a very long time, but the results are more certain. Even paying per hour it might turn out to be cheaper as I would get what I’m paying for.
Which should I choose (assuming I can find a qualified practitioner of each) and that cost doesn’t matter so long as I’m getting results. Also, remember my goal is vast permanent reduction.
Thank you all for your advice.