Generally speaking, the answer is no. Most surgeons prefer to do rhinoplasty under general anesthesia. If anesthesia is given to a patient with even a partially full stomach, regurgitation of stomach contents into the lungs may occur, and this is very serious. In some cases, limited nasal work may be done without general anesthesia. Even in cases such as this, it is preferable not to eat since there is always a chance for general anesthesia if the case becomes more complicated during surgery or if there is persistent bleeding, or other unforeseen complication.