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.


Thigh Lift Surgery Recovery Time

Thigh Lift Surgery 

Thigh Lift Surgery Recovery TimeFollowing your thigh lift cosmetic surgery, you will have to set aside at least one week to focus exclusively on your recovery and allow the initial healing to occur naturally. For a successful and rapid recovery, following your surgeon’s post-op care instructions, keep your incision areas clean, and do not miss your follow-up visits to the surgeon’s office.

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

Immediately After the Surgery

Once your surgery is completed, you will be moved to an observation area for a few hours where the surgeon and the nursing team will monitor your condition. If the progress is taking place as expected, your surgeon may send you back home the same day.

You will feel some after-effects of general anesthesia for the first several hours. Your incision sites will be covered in bandages and drainage tubes may be inserted under the skin to prevent fluid accumulation. You will be required to wear a compression garment in the thigh area for the first few weeks.

Recovery Timeline

  • In the first 24 hours following your thigh lift plastic surgery, you will most likely require help to perform regular chores and may even need assistance to visit the bathroom. Apply ice packs in the first 48 hours to reduce swelling in the incision sites. To ensure that your thigh tissue does not get stretched, it may be helpful to position your body appropriate with several pillows so that the upper legs do not have much pressure while you are healing.
  • From the second or third day, you can shower after carefully taking off the compression garment. You can also start performing light activities at home and take short walks to improve your blood flow for faster healing. However, in the entire first week, it is best to stay confined to home to allow for safe healing.
  • At the end of the first week, you may have an appointment with your cosmetic surgeon to remove sutures and drainage tubes, if you have healed sufficiently. Be prepared to share any concerns or ask questions if you have any at this point.
  • Sometime in your second week, you should be in a position to return to your workplace or resume your normal routine. At this time, you can start carefully sitting on your thighs, preferably with the help of pillows. At work, you should only perform sedentary or non-strenuous desk job at least until the healing improves.
  • After the first month, you may be able to stop using your compression garment after your surgeon’s approval. It is also the time to resume your exercise routine, but continue to avoid vigorous exercises for at least another two weeks. At six to eight weeks after your thigh lift plastic surgery, you may return to more active lifestyle and may lift objects up to five pounds at a time.

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

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