have you seen the guy you know who had it done before his treatments? are you sure he looks younger AFTER the treatments? maybe he thinks he does but he actually looked the same before
just something to consider. there are very few "miracle" treatments out there. if they were, everyone would be doing it. and do factor in the redness etc. you may have to have some down time after the treatments.
i wouldn't do both treatments in the same span of time if I were you. It's just a lot of stress on the skin and I would expect that in itself to make the skin look worse overall. it needs time to heal. so pick one or the other to do first, the entire set of treatments.
in terms of laser hair removal, I am not saying that laser doesn't work. I'm just saying that it is hard to get an even reduction on a male beard and there aren't that many experienced clinics with good machines that know how to do it correctly. there are some pictures you can find on this forum from men who are left with patchy results and are very unhappy. they basically have to shave MORE often, not less, because of the weird patchy way the beard grows in on them after botched treatments. this area also can get swollen for a few days after the treatment since the hairs are so coarse and close together. Just some things to consider. Run a search for your state as well as other major cities nearby. There is a recommended clinic in NYC, DC area, etc. Also, read the FAQs and the other link below on how to find a clinic near you (it doesn't have to be a doctor. i just has to be someone who has at least 5-7 years of experience doing LHR specifically and beards specifically, with the proper laser for your skin type). All the information you need is right here. Do your research slowly and carefully. Check out 4-5 places before making any investments.
Electrolysis is also an option. It is another permanent method, but it works by removing each hair at a time. However, the benefit is that there is no risk of patchiness and you can remove whichever hairs bother you most. A bit more control over the reduction you're trying to achieve.