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.


Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion, Side Effects, & Cost

Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion, Side Effects, & CostDermabrasion involves using an abrasive to injure targeted areas on the skin in a controlled manner. The treatment works well in reversing the signs of aging and reducing scars. Your plastic surgeon will recommend dermabrasion mostly for the face. However, the treatment can be used on other body parts as well. It is important that you get this plastic surgery performed by trained and qualified professionals.

Microdermabrasion is a type of skin rejuvenation technique. It uses abrasions and vacuum suction to remove the most superficial layer of face or other areas. Anesthesia is not required in microdermabrasion unlike dermabrasion. The abrasive tool does not penetrate till deep skin layers making microdermabrasion a non-invasive and painless procedure.

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

Candidacy: Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion involves deeper skin layers, which usually creates a wound. A new skin of better quality and consistency is formed when the wound heals. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend this procedure when you want help with trauma or acne scars, tattoos, wrinkles, actinic keratosis (first phase of skin cancer), and red nose (rhinophyma).

Microdermabrasion only involves the topmost skin layer, called the stratum corneum. This layer is made of dead skin cells and is safe to remove in most people. Deeper skin layers are not touched making it ideal for all patients. However, people with skin diseases, such as acne should not get this procedure done.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

Dermabrasion needs local anesthesia since a wound is created. Plastic surgeon may offer to administer a sedative intravenously in some cases. The surgeon will apply an abrasive device to your skin once the skin is numb. This device comprises of a rotating wire wheel or brush encrusted with an abrasive screen or diamonds.

In microdermabrasion, the surgeon will spray an inert crystalline material on your skin. They will use a wand impregnated with crystals to forcefully rub the superficial skin layer. This exfoliation does not affect the deeper layers. You may notice mild swelling or inflammation, which is temporary.

Expectations after Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion creates a wound, which needs to be kept clean and moist. Your cosmetic surgeon may call you in for gentle removal of debris and crust after 24 – 48 hours as part of the postoperative consultation. You will need to apply petroleum jelly to the wound for at least 10 days. Redness will reduce after 3 – 6 weeks.

There is no post-operative procedure in case of microdermabrasion since it does not result in a wound. You may experience mild swelling and redness though. There may be a slight decrease in wrinkles in the short term because of swelling.

Infections can occur as with any other plastic surgery, which are treated with antibiotics. Darkly pigmented patients may experience undesirable color. Hypertrophic scars or keloids may occur if you have a genetic predisposition.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for dermabrasion and microdermabrasion skin rejuvenation.

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