Notice of Data Incident
August 1, 2023

Dear Patients:
We post this Notice pursuant to the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) to inform you about a data incident involving an unauthorized release of patient Protected Health Information (“PHI”), as that is defined by HIPAA, at Gary Motykie, M.D., a Medical Corporation and Gary Motykie, M.D. (“Practice”), a covered entity under HIPAA.

PHI, as defined by HIPAA, is information that is “created, received, maintained, or transmitted by or on behalf of the health care component of the Covered Entity.” § 164.105 (a)(2)(i)(D). Information that is created or received by a Covered Entity and that relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of healthcare to an individual is considered PHI. PHI is required to be protected when transmitted or maintained in any form by a Covered Entity. Individual identifiers (including but not limited to name, address, telephone number, fax, email address, social security number, medical record number, etc.) maintained in a designated record set along with health information (including but not limited to x-rays, images, scans, physician notes, diagnoses, treatment, eligibility approvals, claims, remittances, etc.) are collectively considered PHI.

Event Description:
On or about June 6, 2023, an initial technical analysis of the Practice’s information technology network determined an unauthorized release of PHI occurred to an unknown third party. The initial analysis determined that the unknown third party accessed the Practice’s network. It was further determined that the unknown third party acquired some of the Practice’s patient’s unencrypted PHI and that party was not authorized to do so and did so in an unlawful manner.

The information that may have been accessed or acquired during this unauthorized access included:

  • First and last name 
  • Social Security Number (if provided)
  • Address
  • Driver’s license or identification card number
  • Financial account or payment card number, in combination with any required CVV code
  • Intake forms, which may include medical information and history
  • Images taken in connection with the services rendered at our office
  • Health insurance information (if provided)
Steps Taken to Address:
Upon discovery, the Practice took the following immediate steps to address the situation:
  • Computers and servers replaced
  • Network passwords changed
  • Endpoint detection, virus, and malware detection tools and software installed on workstations and server
  • Limitations concerning Internet access
  • Access controls put in place for users based on role and responsibility
  • Server policies in place
  • Device locking mechanisms
  • Multi factor authentication enabled
  • Network segregation efforts
  • Encryption of devices
  • Additional workforce training
Risk Assessment:

The Practice conducted a risk assessment to evaluate the potential harm to potentially impacted individuals. Based on that assessment, it is determined that there is a high risk of harm. It is essential for potentially impacted individuals to remain vigilant in monitoring their personal accounts and data and promptly report any suspicious activity to law enforcement or their financial institutions.

Assistance and Resources:
Starting on or about June 22, 2023, letters were mailed to patients providing the following resources to assist the potentially impacted individuals, offering at no cost:
  • two (2) years of no cost Triple Bureau Credit Monitoring/Triple Bureau Credit Report/Triple Bureau Credit Score/Cyber Monitoring services.
  • the services also include reviewing whether Information appears on the dark web and alert the individual if such Information is found online.
  • proactive fraud assistance to help with any questions in event a potentially impacted persons becomes a victim of fraud.

Steps to Prevent Future Incidents: We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this Incident may cause. The Practice is taking numerous steps to help prevent similar Incidents in the future. We will continue to review and enhance our security measures, policies, and employee training.

If you failed to receive your letter in the mail, and/or if there is a concern your mailing address has changed since you were a patient at the Practice, please contact 1-800-405-6108 or call our office immediately at 310-246-2355 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific time, Monday through Friday.

Skin Rejuvenation for Ethnic Skin

Skin Rejuvenation for Ethnic Skin

Skin Rejuvenation for Ethnic Skin | Beverly Hills Medical Spa | Los AngelesAlthough plastic surgery skin rejuvenation procedures are usually equally suitable for all skin types, but the same cannot be said about non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. Particularly, in case of people with ethnic skin, they are often told that skin rejuvenation non-invasive treatments are not appropriate for them.

However, an experienced skin care expert will be able to recommend safe and effective skin rejuvenation non-surgical treatments for ethnic skin. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides skin rejuvenation treatments for ethnic patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Characteristics of Ethnic Skin

One of the key characteristics of people with ethnic skin, including Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans, is that their skin has a relatively higher concentration of melanocytes. This creates a higher production of melanin in their skin.

Therefore, if ethnic skin with higher melanin concentration is treated aggressively, it may lead to hyper or hypopigmentation. An experienced provider can offer appropriate plastic surgery and non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments that are safe and effective for ethnic skin.

Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis by Cutera is a non-ablative skin treatment that will reduce the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores, while stimulation the generation of new collagen and elastin fibers for smoother, volumized, and more youthful looking skin. Skin texture and tone will improve with each treatment. Laser Genesis treatment is appropriate for ethnic skin, and produces desirable outcomes with little to no discomfort or downtime.

Vi Peel

Aggressive skin rejuvenation procedures such as medium or deep chemical peels can induce higher melanin production, resulting in hyperpigmentation for people with ethnic skin. Therefore, chemical peels are usually contraindicated for Hispanics, Asians and African Americans. Vi Peel is specifically designed as a unique peel for ethnic skin. This medical grade peel uses a synergistic combination of ingredients to suppress melanin production, which makes it safe for ethnic skin.


For Caucasians, IPL, and Fraxel Laser are widely considered as the most effective non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments. However, for people with skin type 4 or higher on the Fitzpatric scale, which includes African Americans, Hispanics and Asians, IPL and Fraxel may not be suitable. These treatments can result in hypo or hyperpigmentation for individuals with ethnic skin.

Leading skin care experts recommend eMatrix as a comprehensive skin rejuvenation procedure for people with ethnic skin. The eMatrix treatment is based on radio frequency (RF) energy, and not laser. The RF energy gently penetrates into the deeper skin layers to promote collagen and elastin production for natural and sustainable skin rejuvenation from within.

The eMatrix RF pulses penetrate wider and deeper than Fraxel Laser, leading to more effective results. The eMatrix treatment will utilize the body’s self-healing power to restore facial volume and firmness while smoothing skin texture.

The procedure involves virtually no downtime. The treated areas of the skin will appear reddish on the day of the treatment, but from the next day, patient can cover the effects with makeup. Maximum results will show up in four to six weeks, but improvement will continue to establish for up to a year.

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Skin Treatments for African American Skin

Skin Treatments for African American Skin | Beverly Hills Medical SpaWhile plastic surgery procedures are often the same for people of all skin types, in case of non-surgical skin procedures, the treatment may vary from one person to another according to their skin type. Patients with sensitive skin will require a different treatment from those with normal skin, and patients will oily skin will have to be addressed differently than those with dry skin.

African American skin has specific characteristics, and must be treated differently from Caucasian skin. Dr. Gary Motykie is an experienced cosmetic surgeon providing innovative and advanced skin procedures specially designed for African American patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Obagi Skincare

Dark spots or hyperpigmentation is a common problem for African American skin. It occurs due to the excessive production of melanin in the skin, which creates patches or dark spots. Hyperpigmentation causes an uneven skin tone. Obagi provides a unique skin care program that help to reduce visible hyperpigmentation on the skin.

Obagi skin care products contain a prescription formulation that can be received through a skin care professional. These products can be used at home under the guidance of the professional to achieve safe and desirable resolution of hyperpigmentation concerns.


Retinoids is considered to be a proven and effective treatment for African American skin. Retinoids such as Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac are good choices for people with multiple skin concerns. Retinoids will help to address hyperpigmentation, and at the same time, they will work to mitigate fine lines and clear acne.

Patients should note that retinoids can cause minor skin irritation initially for people with sensitive skin. Therefore, a skin care professional should be consulted to select the appropriate products for an individual African American patient. Committed and proven cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for advanced skin care treatments.

Laser Facials

One of the best skin care treatments for many African American patients is laser facial. The device makes use of a specific nanometer wavelength that is appropriate for patients with darker skin tones. The facial will help to trigger fresh collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin to fill the wrinkles and fine lines in a natural and sustainable way.

Laser therapy will also target melanin in areas with dark spots and help to eliminate hyperpigmentation. Laser facials will also minimize large pores and reduce the appearance of recent scars. The treatment is designed to even out skin discoloration and create a smoother tone and texture.

Chemical Peels

African American skin can benefit from light chemical peels. These peels can help to improve the appearance of aging lines, skin discoloration, sun damage, minor acne scars and certain types of acne. The treatment involves application of a mild chemical, which is left on the skin for a few minutes.

Once the application is wiped off, the top layers of the skin will gradually slough off over the next few days, revealing smoother, renewed skin. Deep chemical peels may not be suitable for African American skin.

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Celluma LED Light Therapy Acne Treatment Cost

Celluma LED Light Therapy Acne Treatment Cost | Beverly Hills Med SpaAcne breakout and acne marks are a common skin condition that affects many women and men in the US. Celluma LED light therapy is a unique all-in-one low level light treatment solution to address acne and various other pain and skin conditions. The procedure is completely non-invasive and cleared by the FDA for skin care.

People who want to avoid plastic surgery and other aggressive skin procedures may consider the gentle and convenient Celluma LED system for acne treatment. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides Celluma treatment to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Financial Comparison

Celluma LED light therapy will prove to be more cost effective than plastic surgery as well as certain non-surgical procedures such as lasers. Celluma acne treatment can be performed as an in-office procedure, and requires no anesthesia or sedation. This will avoid the costs of a surgical venue and fee of the anesthesiologist.

At the same time, Celluma does not involve any pre- or post-treatment expenses such as prescription medications, medical tests, or post-op visits to the treatment provider’s office. The procedure does not entail any downtime, which can have indirect cost benefits for certain working people who could have lost pay for a few days in case of a prolonged recovery.

Fiscal Factors

The sticker price of Celluma LED therapy for acne can vary from one practice to another and even from one patient to another at the same practice in a few cases. Geographical factors will play an important role in determining the price tag. Living cost index differs from one region to another, which will have an impact on the average costs of most types of products and services, including plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

The quality standards maintained at a particular practice, the expertise and training of the staff, the level of personalized care, service and facilities offered, and the type of equipment used can influence the costs to some extent. Patients should ideally choose a practice with uncompromising quality standards, while costs should be considered as a secondary factor.

Extent of Treatment

Some patients may have more severe acne conditions than others, requiring longer or multiple treatment sessions. In some cases, Celluma LED treatment may have to be combined with another acne reduction procedure to meet the patient’s goals.

The cost of procedure can vary according to the extent of treatment performed. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for Celluma LED acne treatment.

Insurance and Financing

Celluma LED acne treatment is usually considered an elective procedure performed for cosmetic reasons. Therefore, insurance coverage will not be available to the patient. However, patients can explore various financing options to pay for the treatment in convenient monthly installments.

Specialized medical care finance firms offer loans that that exclusively designed for elective cosmetic procedures. These loan offers for surgical and non-surgical aesthetic treatments typically feature quick approvals, lower interest rates, and smaller monthly installments of up to 60 months.

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Botox Injections for Excessive Underarm Sweating

Botox Injections for Excessive Underarm Sweating | Beverly Hills Med SpaExcessive sweating in the armpits is a common problem affecting over a million Americans. The condition can make a patient sweat up to four times more than an average person in order to regulate body temperature. Excessive underarm sweating can lower the quality of life, create itching and rashes, obstruct the comfortable performance of everyday activities, and make a person feel less confident in a social setting.

This condition can be addressed in a simple way without involving plastic surgery. Botox injections can be administered by a certified Botox expert to treat excessive sweating in the underarm area. The FDA has approved Botox injections for this treatment. Results with this non-surgical injectable procedure can last for up to two years.  

Successful cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides Botox injections for excessive underarm sweating to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Pre-conditions for Treatment

Botox injections for excessive underarm sweating should only be used for patients who have failed to gain relief with topical creams and anti-perspirants. According to the FDA, only patients with severe sweating symptoms in the underarm area should receive Botox injections directly in the affected area. The age of the patient should be 18 or above.

The plastic surgery practice or medical spa treatment provider should inform the patient that Botox is only approved by the FDA for excessive sweating in the underarms. The FDA has still not approved this treatment for excessive sweating in other parts of the body.

The patient’s candidacy should be carefully determined before recommend Botox treatment to mitigate underarm sweating. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for underarm sweating treatment.

How does it Work?

Botox is composed of a potent biological compound called botulinum toxin A. This neurotoxin has a unique property to block the communication between the nerve and muscle and cause temporary paralysis in the injected muscle. The treatment provider will inject Botox medication in precise volume in the affected underarm area.

The neurotoxin will start working immediately to block communication signals from the nerve that cause stimulation to the sweat glands in the treated underarm area. As a result, the functioning of the overactive sweat glands will be temporarily halted, causing the end of excessive underarm sweating.

Patients should note that excess sweat that is eliminated with this procedure is not collected elsewhere in the body. Botox injections will simply stop the production of sweat in the treated area. But the sweat glands in other parts of the body will continue to function as before. The Botox expert will educate the patient about the procedure to help them make an informed decision.  


Within a month of the Botox injectable treatment, most patients will be able to see noticeable reduction in the sweating in their underarm area. With just one injection treatment session, the patient can enjoy the benefits of no underarm sweating for about six months. Follow-up treatments can be received to extend the results for up to two years.

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