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) Recovery

Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) RecoveryA surgical procedure such as brow lift plastic surgery involves a few days of post-operative recovery. At the time of the initial consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the recovery process as well as the expected downtime involved. They will also provide guidelines for post-op incision care and other steps.

It is important for the patient to have clarity on the expected side effects and the potential indications of complications. They should be willing to follow the surgeon’s guidelines for a safe and predictable recovery.

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


Recovery Experience

In the initial 48 hours following the brow lift cosmetic surgery, the patient should apply ice packs around the eyes to reduce swelling. 

In addition, they should sleep with their head in an elevated position for around one week. Some tightness in the forehead and brow regions may be felt initially. To ensure that the patient remains comfortable, the surgeon may prescribe mild pain medication for a few days.

The placement of temporary drains in the incision areas may not be a part of brow lift recovery. There may be prominent inflammation in the initial few days. 

However, it will start to subside from the second week. The patient may experience minimal bruising in the brow, and the adjacent areas may have slightly more bruising. This will subside completely in around two to three weeks. 

The patient may shower or bathe from the second day of the procedure. But they should avoid steam and sauna, hot water baths, and hairdryer use to prevent any damage to the skin or hair in the treated areas. The temporary numbness in the skin may make it risky to use hot water as the patient may not feel the heat.

The sutures may be removed nearly one week after the brow lift cosmetic surgery. The patient should perform gentle walks and light activities during the initial week. However, they should avoid aggressive exercises and activities for around three weeks or more. Post-op appointments with the surgeon should be maintained in a diligent manner to monitor progress.



The final results of a brow lift will manifest over a few months. The hairline incisions and the scalp will heal completely in around six months, creating a more youthful upper face appearance. 

While the effects of aging will continue to develop in the following years, some of the treated areas, such as the frown line region in the brows may not become severe for a long duration. 


Recovery Guidelines

For a safe and predictable recovery, the patient should follow the surgeon’s post-op care guidelines in a dedicated way. They should wear the bandages for around two days following the surgery as well as protect the incision areas against contaminants to mitigate infection risks.

In case the surgeon prescribes an ointment or gel to reduce scarring, the patient should use it as prescribed, but carefully avoid contact with the eyes. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for forehead lift.


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Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Recovery

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