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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Thigh Lift 

Thigh Lift SurgeryExcess skin and fatty tissue in the thighs can be hard to correct with diet and exercise. If you are looking for youthful and proportionate thigh contours, you should consider thigh lift cosmetic surgery. Sometimes a thigh liposuction may be combined with a thigh lift to create exceptional outcomes for both inner and outer thighs.

During your initial consultation, you should discuss your best options with the surgeon so that they can recommend a customized thigh lift surgery plan for you. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides thigh lift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

Who Should Choose a Thigh Lift?

If you are bothered by one or more of the following conditions, you could be a candidate for a thigh lift plastic surgery:

  • You have large or heavy thighs that make you feel self-conscious
  • Aging, pregnancy or weight loss has caused significantly sagging skin in the thighs
  • Your lower body contour looks disproportionate because of skin laxity or excess fat deposits in the outer or inner thighs
  • You have developed stubborn cellulite appearance in the thighs

Types of Thigh Lift Surgery 

Inner (Medial) Thigh Lift

In a medial thigh lift plastic surgery, your surgeon will create an incision in the groin area. They will remove the loose skin and excess fat through the incision to restore a refined inner thigh contour. The area from the groin to the knee as well as the outer thigh area can also be re-contoured as part of this surgery. A liposuction may be additionally performed if you have substantial fat pockets in the outer thighs.

Outer (Lateral) Thigh Lift

This is a relatively more invasive cosmetic surgery, which involves reshaping of the outer thighs as well as the buttock area. The amount of excess tissue removed in a lateral thigh lift may be significant, which can make your thigh skin less elastic. For extended benefits for years to come, you should maintain a stable and moderate body weight. Scarring in a lateral thigh lift may be relatively higher.

Thigh Lift Post-Op Recovery

You will be able to notice your new thigh contours as soon as the initial bruising and swelling improves after your surgery. A thigh lift surgery may involve a downtime of about 8 to 10 days, after which you can return to your workplace or resume your normal routine.

But it is important to avoid vigorous activities for at least a month to allow for proper healing. Your surgeon may ask you to wear a compression garment for several weeks after the thigh lift so that the newly created contours get support.

Post-Surgery Scarring

An inner thigh lift surgery will typically result in less visible scarring because the incision will be placed in the groin area. However, if large skin tissue removal is involved, a vertical scar along inner thigh line may have to be placed. An outer thigh lift will have more significant incisions going from the groin to the hips and even to the buttock fold in some cases.

A skilled plastic surgeon can hide the incisions in areas where scarring will be concealed by your clothes. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles, and nearby areas for thigh lift surgery.

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

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