Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools since the start of tattooing. While tattoos are generally considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially using a non-invasive Q-switched laser.

InkFades Laser Tattoo Removal is a member of the BMLA, an association set to guide class 4 laser treatment practitioners in appropriate techniques and procedures.



In the United Kingdom, the use of Class 3B or 4 lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices, is subject to standards and regulatory controls because of the unique potential hazards they pose to tissues of the eye and skin, including the risk of blindness and skin burns. In addition, UK law requires employers to effectively manage hazards through appropriate selection and maintenance of equipment (including personal protective equipment, PPE), staff training and information, and protection of staff and the public from exposure to hazards [Health & Safety at Work act, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Medical Device Regulations, The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations]. The Artificial Optical Radiation Regulations specifies exposure limit values for staff and requires equipment to meet industry standards.



These BMLA guidelines encompass the following sections required by regional regulations: 

  • General provisions and technical specifications 

  • Cleanliness and infection control within the treatment environment 

  • Obtaining patient consent prior to treatment 

  • Record keeping requirements  Contraindications and conditions that require special consideration  Treatment process (step by step guidance) ​

  • Contraindications and conditions that require special consideration 

  • Treatment process (step by step guidance)

  • Pre-treatment tests o Post-treatment care

  • Recognition of treatment related problems and skin reactions

  • Procedure if anything goes wrong during treatment

  • Permitted variation on machine variables and procedure in the event of equipment failure

  • Emergency procedures

  • Technique - treatment procedure for the specific LASER or IPL system.