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.


How Long Do I Have To Wait To Go Back To The Gym After Breast Augmentation?

How Long Do I Have To Wait To Go Back To The Gym After Breast Augmentation?Rest is vital when you are trying to recover from a breast surgery. You would need to refrain from exercising and other activities in the early stages of recovery. Most women need at least 4 weeks to begin cardio. However, it can take 6 weeks or even longer before you do any heavy lifting or chest exercises. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities. 

Six Weeks to Full Workout

It is generally safe to resume full workout within 6 weeks following the breast implant cosmetic surgery. It’s critical that you start out slow when resuming chest exercises. You should make use of lighter weights because you have to rebuild your strength. Listen to your body and increase the weights in a gradual manner. 

Normal Activity Can be Resumed in 2 – 4 Weeks

You should be able to resume normal activities and get back to work in just two weeks following the surgery. Your surgeon may clear you for light exercises if they feel that your recovery is on schedule and going smoothly. You need to ensure that your focus is strictly on the abdominal region and lower body when cleared for light exercises. 

Low-intensity lower body workouts are a great way of introducing your body to exercising. Walking on the treadmill with a slight incline and other light cardio exercises can be resumed at this time. You should wear a properly supportive bra while exercising. This is because your breasts are still healing at this time. 

Follow the Golden Rule

You should follow all post-operative instructions carefully. Consult with a plastic surgeon before resuming any form of exercise. This is particularly important in the first few weeks and months of the breast implant plastic surgery. You should also listen to your body and not overdo it. 

These are a few things that can impact recovery:

  • Overall health
  • Condition of the skin
  • Size of implants
  • Nutrition
  • Surgical placement of implants
  • Insertion incision
  • Adherence to post-operative instructions

Risks of Indulging in High-Intensity Workout Before Time

Constant up and down motion from fast movements or running is strenuous on the upper body. You may slow down the recovery process if you begin too soon or resume activities aggressively following the surgery. 

The breast tissues need to heal following breast augmentation procedure. This is to allow capsules to form. Strenuous exercises following the surgery may cause a scar tissue that constricts the implant resulting in hardening. 

Safe Exercise Tips

  • Prevention is better than cure when it comes to post-op healing.
  • Never disrupt your body’s natural healing process – workout slowly in a low intensity manner for best results following the breast augmentation surgery.
  • You need to remember that your augmented breasts would require more support than you are used to. You should wear a good sports bra. Your surgeon may ask you to wear a special medical bandage if you are still in the early stages of healing.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for breast augmentation surgery.

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