Trauma Victims


Whether we want to admit it or not, appearance plays a vital role in how we perceive each other and ourselves. Most of us take our appearance for granted, never thinking too much about it once we have fixed our hair, chosen our outfit, and perhaps applied make-up or other beauty-enhancing products. We never think about how quickly our appearance can be ruined by a traumatic accident, and how quickly our self-esteem and our self-confidence can be undermined when our appearance is altered beyond recognition.

For those who have survived a traumatic accident, taking their appearance for granted may not be possible. Many accident victims have not only to deal with the physical ramifications of their injuries, but also need to cope with the long-term emotional and psychological ramifications of unexpected changes to their visible appearance, especially when those changes cause permanent disfigurement. Depression, anxiety, grief, and even post-traumatic stress disorder are all-too-common emotions for accident victims, who find it difficult to face the uncomfortable stares, questions, and avoidance they encounter from friends, family, and society at large. Unfortunately, insurance companies too often fail to recognize these long-term emotional ramifications of a disfiguring injury, usually denying coverage for reconstructive surgery they define as merely “cosmetic” and therefore “unnecessary.”

Founded in 2008 by Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, The Healing Curve is a non-profit organization committed to giving trauma victims the financial and emotional means to obtain the secondary aesthetic surgery they need to restore their natural beauty and their emotional well-being. At The Healing Curve, we believe that reconstructive surgery is one of the most necessary steps a trauma victim can take to achieve a complete recovery and facilitate a full return to their former lives. The restoration of a trauma victim’s natural beauty is not just “cosmetic”; we are dedicated to the idea that “healing” is both physical and emotional, and secondary aesthetic surgery is an integral part of the healing process for anyone whose natural beauty has been undermined by a disfiguring trauma.


The change from a stunning, naturally-beautiful face to one that is marred by injured features and permanent scarring can happen in an instant, by accidents and events that are simply too numerous to categorize. Perhaps you or someone you love has been involved in a serious car accident or mauled by a vicious dog. Perhaps you know someone who has been injured in an industrial accident at work. Perhaps you have been severely burned in a house fire or car accident. Whatever the accident or injury you have suffered, however, facing a lifetime of coping with dramatic physical changes to your face and body will have a profound impact on your emotional health.

If your appearance has been permanently affected by a traumatic injury, but you have been denied insurance coverage for reconstructive surgery, The Healing Curve wants to help! While it may not be possible to erase every sign of trauma, incredible advances in reconstructive surgical techniques have make it possible to minimize many of the worst injuries sustained by a traumatic accident, enabling most victims to go out into the world without encountering shocked stares, intimate personal questions, and open avoidance. Cutting-edge facial reconstruction techniques utilizing autologous bone grafts and synthetic implants allow facial features to be rebuilt and matched to existing features; skin grafts and “flap” procedures enable surgeons to harness the patient’s own skin and tissue, and spark the body’s own healing mechanisms, to break up and minimize the appearance of scar tissue and skin damage. These procedures are not simply “cosmetic”, designed to improve the appearance of someone who is dissatisfied with a blemish. They are critical healing technologies that can enable a trauma victim to remove or minimize the visible signs of their trauma and truly regain their natural beauty, improve their emotional health, and regain their self-confidence.


The Heading Curve, located in West Hollywood, is committed to helping individuals who have suffered a disfiguring life event get access to the state-of-the-art surgical techniques they need for a complete recovery. The Healing Curve is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing funding and support to individuals who do not have the financial means to undergo reconstructive surgery. The Healing Curve’s founder—Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie—has extensive experience helping people obtain the medical and aesthetic assistance they need, including researching the development of prosthetic limbs and studying at one of the nation’s premier burn and reconstructive hospitals. Focused originally on working with breast cancer survivors, Dr. Motykie and The Healing Curve now seek to offer cutting-edge reconstructive technologies to all who need it, ensuring that cancer survivors as well as victims of trauma have the natural, beautiful appearance they want and the full, happy life they deserve.

If you have a physical deformity due to a birth defect, illness, traumatic event, or previous surgical experience, but cannot afford the reconstructive surgery you require for complete recovery, contact us today to find out how The Healing Curve can help. We look forward to speaking with you today!