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.


Neck Liposuction Candidates

Neck Liposuction 

Neck Liposuction CandidatesThe first step in the surgical procedure is to determine whether a patient is suitable for getting neck liposuction plastic surgery. During the initial consultation, your surgeon will determine whether the procedure is going to help you attain your cosmetic goals or not. They will also determine whether you have employed exercise and diet plans for resolving unwanted fat pockets.

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

Suitable Candidacy

It’s possible for a person within the ideal weight range to have a double chin or submental chin. Neck liposuction helps such individuals get a slimmer and more chiseled neckline permanently. Excess fat deposits are eliminated by neck liposuction cosmetic surgery.

However, the procedure is not meant for improving sagging skin. It is more suited for patients within the age range of 30 – 50 years because of superior skin elasticity. The skin should be able to constrict evenly and smoothly following the procedure.

These are a few characteristics of a suitable neck liposuction plastic surgery candidate:

  • Looking to reduce the appearance of double chin
  • Seeking a refined jawline for making the face more balanced
  • Has good skin tone
  • Dedicated to maintaining a steady weight

Cosmetic surgeons may sometimes recommend neck liposuction for patients that are getting a facelift, facial fat transfer, neck lift, chin augmentation, chin lift, or any other comprehensive procedure. Ideal candidates will have a positive mind frame and reasonable expectations from the procedure.

Who Should Not Get a Neck Lipo?

Neck liposuction cosmetic surgery procedure may not be suitable for the following:

  • Nursing or pregnant women
  • People with pre-existing conditions
  • Smokers that don’t want to abstain for a few weeks
  • Patients that are unable to alter existing medication schedule even if they interfere with the surgery
  • Patients with lidocaine allergy

Neck Liposuction for Teen Candidates

Neck lipo will be recommended for a teen only in exceptional circumstances. Teens that have visible fat pockets after losing significant amount of weight are eligible for this procedure.

However, there are several aspects that the surgeon will need to consider, such as the medical status, weight, age, and emotional stability. Limited neck and facial contour treatment and liposuction can help teen candidates feel more confident.

Adult Candidates

There is no upper limit for getting neck liposuction. However, adult candidates need to be in good health for coping with the surgery and anesthesia. It is possible that the surgeon orders specific tests for determining the patient’s fitness. They may get in touch with your primary care physician as well.

Ideal candidates should have good skin elasticity for achieving youthful results. Neck lift may be suggested for candidates that have excessively sagging skin in the neck region. This will providing cosmetically pleasing results.

Treatment providers will specifically assess older adults for skin laxity. This is to ensure that the skin constricts and contours beautifully following the neck liposuction. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for neck liposuction surgery.

Contact Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie to Schedule a Consultation

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