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.


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Plump Thin Lips with Fillers

Plump Thin Lips with Dermal FillersLip enhancement is an aesthetic procedure which helps in enhancing and volumizing the lips using a dermal injectable filler treatment. Hyaluronic acid based dermal filers are the most commonly used products, including Restylane and Juvederm. Filler treatments can add fullness, plumpness, and natural-looking volume. They can also even out the shape of your lips.

Dermal lip fillers are highly customizable. Your cosmetic surgeon will create the best look for you whether it is subtle and low key or prominent and bold. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides dermal fillers for lip augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

Suitable Dermal Filler Injectables for Lips

Juvéderm, Juvéderm Ultra, Juvéderm Ultra Plus, Juvéderm Volbella, Restylane, and Restylane Silk are the most commonly used filles for lip enhancement. All these products contain hyaluronic acid but vary in terms of thickness and how they change the lips.

Hyaluronic is a naturally occurring sugar derivative in the body. It has the capacity to hold 1,000 times of its weight in water. This makes it perfect for plumping the lips, chin, jaw, and cheeks. It is also useful in hydrating the skin. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are also recommended for their natural ability and look. They get absorbed in the body over time.

Juvéderm, Volbella, and Restylane Silk have thinner consistencies. They are usually used superficially to make the lips appear puffy. Restylane is ideal for older patients for redefining and reshaping the scaffolding or borders of lips. Juvéderm Volbella is useful in younger patients for volumizing the lips and giving it that special ‘oomph’. The kind of aesthetics you desire is an important factor when choosing a treatment provider.

Results of Lip Filler Injections

There are various factors that determine the extent and length of lip filler results. Desired plumpness, individual metabolism, and the product used are a few determining factors. However, you can expect results to last from six months to three years. On an average, you may require maintenance treatments every six months.

Number of Syringes Required for Lip Augmentation

According to experts, a single syringe distributed appropriately is enough for most beginners. This is because maintaining a natural appearance is as important as enhancement. Gradual plumping is key to satisfactory results. Often times, treatment providers start by injecting half a syringe before asking their patients to return in a week or two.

You should be wary if the doctor suggests getting more than a single syringe if it is your first time. Two syringes are excessive for most people in a single sitting if you want a natural appearance.

Lips Don’t Stretch Permanently

Lip fillers don’t cause your lips to stretch permanently. They won’t turn into deflated and saggy bags once the filler dissolves. Experts, on the contrary, state that injecting dermal fillers stimulates collagen production. This could mean that your lips actually become a tiny bit larger naturally following the injectable treatment.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for dermal fillers to plump thin lips.

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