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.


Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Before And After Pictures

Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Before And After PicturesBrow lift (forehead lift) is a plastic surgery procedure meant to improve the upper face appearance by mitigating wrinkles and deep furrows between the brows and horizontal lines on the forehead. 

The surgeon will discuss the surgical procedure at length with the patient during the pre-operative consultation and may showcase a brow lift before and after pictures.

The primary concern of a committed surgeon will be to inform the patient on various facets of a brow lift or forehead lift. In providing the patient with this information, before and after pictures, can play a vital role.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides brow lift (forehead lift) to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.


What are Brow Lift Before and After Photos?

Brow lift ‘before and after’ images refer to pictures of a previous patient who has received the procedure with successful outcomes. 

These photos include images taken prior to the procedure and after the surgery at a stage when the initial post-operative inflammation and redness has resolved, and the complete effects of the surgery become apparent. 

The surgeon will ensure that the brow lift before and after images are taken with the patient’s express consent and shown to new patients in a discreet and judicious manner. 

As per standard protocol, the identity of the patient will remain private. The sole purpose of the surgeon in displaying these pictures is to highlight the benefits of brow lift surgery to new patients and enable them to make an enlightened decision. 

What’s amazing about these images is that they are digital. No longer do we have to rely on pictures that create more questions than they do answer. Gone are the days when we have to stair at images on brochures that did not reveal that much. 



New patients considering a forehead lift cosmetic surgery may have concerns on the likely results of the procedure. While some patients may require only limited correction, others may have heavily sagging brows that need significant treatment. 

Sometimes the brow lift may be performed in combination with an eyelid lift or another facial procedure for more comprehensive outcomes. 

It can be challenging for a new patient to make the right decisions to meet their personal aesthetic goals. In such situations, the surgeon may showcase brow lift before and after pictures effectively to enable the patient to make a judicious decision. 

With these salient online images you can see these images from anywhere. As long as you have Internet access you see these images. You can be on a cruise in the middle of the Atlantic headed to Iceland or at a friend’s barbecue when you have a few minutes by yourself. 

Images this clear – you can make a decision either way without anyone ever knowing. 


Realistic Expectations 

It is important for the success of any surgical procedure that the patient has a positive mindset, concise goals, and realistic expectations. This will reduce the risk of any future disappointment for the patient. 

Some surgeons may choose to show brow lift before and after pictures during the initial appointment to ensure that the patient understands what to expect and what not to expect from the procedure. 


Pictures on the Website 

In case the surgeon has their own individual website, they can choose to include brow lift before and after images in a separate Photo Gallery section on the site which is the case here. Dr. Motykie believes in transparency because his work speaks for himself. 

Based off the clarity and availability of these images the potential patient can be comfortable with either door they choose to walk through. These images are so convenient that someone may apply what they see on the screen to their own brow.

New patients can view these images online and understand whether to schedule a personal brow lift consultation. The surgeon may also share the images through social media to create more awareness about brow lift plastic surgery. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for brow lift (forehead lift).


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