The videos display a woman with my body type pulling on a pair of Shaperment panties. It shows the end result as being the smoothest, flattest stomach I've ever seen. So I ordered the Empetua. Delivery was speedy and I had them in record time! I could hardly wait to try them on! I had ordered them in a L/XL. As I put them on, I really did not see the results I expected to see. In fact, there was no difference at all. I thought, at that moment, that perhaps I'd ordered a size to big to make the noticeable difference I had expected. I went back online and ordered the TC® Sleek Shaping Waist Cincher in a size smaller than what I had ordered in the Empetua. Yesterday, I put the Empetua on and eagerly put the waist cincher over my head. My husband had to help me pull it down into place and then I put on a sweater dress I had worn with just the Empetua a week before. The results were exactly the same with the cincher as without it! I was so disappointed. The answers to the following questions are going to be based on the Empetua. The only difference in the answers applied to the cincher are that the compression level in the cincher was that it was very tight for me...but it just didn't smooth anything out. I simply do not understand that!