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.


What are the steps of a thigh lift procedure?

Thigh lift

What are the steps of a thigh lift procedure?A thigh lift cosmetic surgery is the most effective procedure available to eliminate sagging skin and stubborn fat from the inner and outer thighs and enhance your upper leg contours. In some cases, the surgery may be combined with a thigh liposuction to create more natural looking results.

During your pre-op consultation, your surgeon will explain the steps involved in your customized thigh lift procedure. Once you know what the surgery is going to entail, you will feel more confident and will be able to complete the procedure successfully. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to share with your surgeon at any stage before your scheduled thigh lift surgery.

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

Administering Anesthesia

On your surgery day, the nurse will check your basic health parameters before you are moved to the operating room. The surgeon will mark the areas where they plan to place the incisions for your thigh lift plastic surgery. Before they begin the procedure, a qualified anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia to you.

This will instantly put you in deep sleep so that you will feel no pain or discomfort throughout the surgery. Following the procedure, you will be brought out of anesthesia and you will have no recollection of the procedure.

Thigh Lift Surgery Procedure

Medial Thigh Lift

Your surgeon will create an incision in the groin region along the inner aspect of your thigh. Through the incision, they will remove excess skin and fat. Depending on your pre-determined surgery plan, thigh liposuction may also be performed to remove stubborn fat deposits.

Your surgeon will re-contour the groin to knee area and then repeat the same procedure for your outer thighs. If you have heavy thighs, a significant wedge of tissue may be removed from the outer thighs to create a proportionate, shapely upper leg appearance.

Lateral Thigh Lift

A lateral or outer thigh lift cosmetic surgery may be performed as a separate procedure or in conjunction with an inner thigh lift. A lateral thigh lift is usually a more elaborate procedure because it may involve re-contouring of the buttocks in addition to the outer thighs.

A substantial amount of tissue removal may be necessary, depending on the amount of excess fat and loose skin in your upper legs. Scarring is generally more visible in an outer thigh lift, but an accomplished plastic surgeon will be able to conceal the scars in discreet locations so that they are hidden under your clothing.

Post-Surgical Recovery

Recovery process is a vital element in your thigh lift surgery to ensure safe and sustainable results. In the first few days following your thigh lift, you may experience some bruising, swelling, and inflammation in the incision areas. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications for the first week.

You will also be required to wear a compression garment in the first few weeks to provide support to your newly forming thigh contours. 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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