Pulse Dye Laser for Large Scars on Calves?

I have 2 large scars on both calf muscles from having surgery for compartment syndrome , I have had 2 pulse dye lasers done 3 weeks apart both scars look more red then before , does this sound normal? Will the scars go back to original colour or go whiter then before ? How many treatments would u advise to make scar go white? I have seen a dermatologist who has done treatment plan of 2 pulse dye lasers and 4 fraxel lasers would that be effective .I need your help ,Could u please get back to me thanks

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Pulse Dye Laser for scars

Thank you for your question.

Laser like most treatments for scars work via inducing tissue remodelling by altering collagen and elastin molecules synthesis and inducing pro-inflammatory cytokines. The latter gives rise to redness and swelling. It is normally temporary and hopefully this inflammatory response will induce better quality scar tissue by braking the poorer fibro-elastic matrix and inducing better retracting one.

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